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Café Sopra, Sydney

Above Fratelli Fresh
7 Danks Street
Tel: 61 2 9699 3174's insider take:

One could be forgiven for failing to consider the once-gritty industrial neighborhood of Waterloo as a likely location for one of the best new cafés in town. Nevertheless, that's where you'll find Sopra, tucked away above Fratelli Fresh, which supplies many of Sydney's restaurants with quality Italian goods and fresh produce. The whitewashed, slightly churchlike room (presided over by two mosaics of the Madonna) is open only for breakfast and lunch, but it does those two meals to perfection. Begin with a Campari and fresh blood-orange juice and work your way through the extensive blackboard menu, which is intensely, exuberantly produce-driven—chef Andy Bunn changes items to reflect the best of what's in season each day. There are ample temptations like comforting roast pork belly or oyster mushroom salad with kipfler potatoes and asparagus, but the antipasto plate best reflects Bunn's reverence for flawless ingredients done simply.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am to 3 pm, Saturdays 8 am to 3 pm.

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