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The only thing better than a set menu is a vegetarian set menu – I love having someone else choose what is best.

Ombretta came recommended by a friend who knew one of the owners from shared time in Venice. Pretty solid intel there, so we booked. The Tuesday night dinners seem the go – 4 course set menu for $55 (not unlike Berta’s Sagra dinners actually)*.

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It’s an adorable little restaurant, store front based on Glebe Point Road. I love this kind if space – cosy and warm.

For primi we has Torta Pascqualina – a ricotta, chard and egg tart. It was very simple but good, rustic & with lots of that earthy chard flavour.

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Then for secondi a pasta – trofie al pesto con fagiolini e patate. This was also gorgeously green, with al dente pasta, tender potato bites & crunchy green bean morsels.

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Then more green – faggotini di verza con polenta. Cabbage dumplings are one of my favourite Italian dishes, and the creamy chestnut spiked polenta was like a warm embrace.

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Dessert was cialda alle mandorle con mousse al cioccolata bianca – sandy almond cookies with white chocolate mousse & a tangy blood orange salsa. Nice winter appropriate ending.

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Service was super friendly & we even got to practice our Italian (grazie!). Would love to come back & try the rest of their menu soon – the food was so season appropriate that I imagine it would be good to revisit quarterly…

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* Their FB page says no Tuesday night special menu for the month of September.


Normally tending towards the vegetarian parts of the menu means slightly healthier restaurant choices – salads and pasta with vegetable, maybe a little cheese for flavour.

Cafe Sopra blows that out of the water. My go to dishes there are so deliriously decadent that they will have you swimming in cream and Gorgonzola dreams for hours after.

To start with you’ll need the fried polenta with mushrooms and Gorgonzola ($20). Share it if you must and get a salad on the side. The crunchy polenta with its smooth interior is nicely swamped in creamy blue cheesy goodness with mushrooms and just enough mouldy bite to keep it interesting.

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Then because too much is never enough, you’ll need the Bannoffee Torta ($14.50). You could share this too I suppose. Biscuit base, caramel, bananas and whipped cream and through some amazing alchemy you get this incredible pie. Something so luscious and trashy about it that keeps me coming back again and again.

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All the locations for Cafe Sopra are lovely. I tend to frequent Hickson Road for pre-Sydney theatre dining, or Potts Point for neighbourhood loveliness.

Cafe Sopra

81 Macleay Street
Potts Point

16 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay


The food in Denmark is pretty universally amazing. I didn’t think however that one of the best things I would eat there would be a pizza.

Behold the lovely and charming Mother which is just a 5 minute walk from Copenhagen central stationPizza at Mother. It’s in a sweet area so definitely scope for a pre or post dinner beverage.

Behold this lovely pizza bianca. Buffalo mozzarella, perfect salty anchovies, and a crust with just enough chewiness to bring it all together. Heaven.



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