If you’re not distracted by the balsamic vinegar tasting station, move towards to the light and noise that should undoubtedly be Café Sopra – haven for lovers of pasta, fresh salads and Saturday lunches it seemed.
|Smoked trout fish cake with soft poached egg, caper mayonnaise |
from Café Sopra, Danks Street, Waterloo
For our lunch-y brunch, we quibble over who has the trout fish cake – I concede quickly so I get to order my second choice too. The fish cake arrives as a thick golden coin, sprinkled with sea salt and sitting amid watercress and a liberal puddle of yellow caper mayonnaise and higged by two halves of an egg.
The potato and trout filled cake was a little more fishy than I like, suitably offset by the tangy mayonnaise and the bitter-sour flavours of the radicchio side which is dressed in aged balsamic vinegar.
|Radicchio with aged balsamic|
|Casareccia with roast eggplant, goat’s cheese, portobello mushrooms, black olives|
|Casareccia - perhaps my new favourite pasta|
And just the right size too, but unfortunately not leaving any space for dessert and Café Sopra's famous banoffee pie.
We choose not to loiter as the queue to be seated extends into the grocery area. Completely satisfied with the meal, we do the only thing we can after things go up – we head back down to Fratelli Fresh and look forward to heading up again soon.