Monday, 20 October 2008

cafe sopra

Fratelli Fresh
81 Macleay St
Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone (02) 9368 6666

In Sydney, a new café or restaurant opens pretty much every week. That doesn’t mean they’re good, it just means they’re there.

But if you are looking for somewhere that:

a) Is focused on fresh produce
b) Has a well-selected and wide-ranging menu
c) Is all about relaxed, casual dining
d) Is run by some of the best looking and friendliest wait staff in Sydney
e) All of the above

…Then give the newest member of the Fratelli family; Café Sopra Potts Point a go. The original Dank St providore will always remain a destination for real foodies, but perched above the Woollies on McLeay Street in Potts Point, the new Eastern Suburbs Fratelli Fresh has quickly become the place to go by the cool inner-city set, ladies who lunch and hot mamas and their babies alike; all dining in produce-heaven harmony.

Fratelli’s market-style produce store cum café is a great combination of shopping and dining if you are a bit of a food lover. Pick up a bag of blood oranges, royal blue potatoes or Maldon sea salt and then sit down an enjoy a plate of slow-cooked lamb shanks or fresh homemade pasta.


And the vibe isn’t so much wanky and well heeled as it is casual, laid back and about as unpretentious as Potts Point can get. This extends to the type of food you’ll find on the menu too. Here, it’s all about simple flavours, easy presentation and seriously tasty food with an Italian vibe.

The extensive menu is displayed on huge blackboards around the store, sending subliminal messages that you shouldn’t leave until you’ve tried the Salmon Carpaccio with Shaved Fennel and Olive Tapanade. And you really shouldn’t. It’s fresh, zesty, rich and salty all at once – a perfect way to start your meal.


If you’re a carb whore, don’t leave without trying the pasta. There are of course several varieties ranging from quintessential Spaghetti Bolognaise to the delicious Orichette with buttery crisp breadcrumbs and Prawns. Far from being rich, its olive oil based dressing is all about the fresh flavour of the prawns and the quality of the oil.

And for the gluten-intolerant friend (face it, we all have one), there are plenty of options including great salads and dishes like Pan Fried Silver Dory with Basil, Potatoes and Black Olives – the kind of food that when you take a bite, you put down your cutlery and sigh. Yes, that good.


We all know that deserts have a dedicated stomach, so don’t leave without trying something sweet. From comfort-foodesque Rice Pudding, to classic Tiramisu and decadent Banofee Pie; there’s something to suit your sweet tooth.


Take your mum, your best friend or just yourself; this is one new food establishment that’s worth trying.