Sotto on West, North Sydney (Nov-14) (♦♦)

Sotto on West, North Sydney (Nov-14) (♦♦)

Sotto on West, North Sydney (Nov-14) (♦♦)

Sotto on West is located on West Street, directly opposite to a larger arch nemesis in Cafe Eighty Ate (see review here). It’s a good setup – well lit, cool spring breeze and a decor best described as both fun and homely. Staff are early 20s, friendly and service is quick.

Tip of the day – ‘Hangry‘ wife equals miserable life. Don’t be fooled by the smile I know better.

Is it unfair to deliberately move my long-run to Saturday just to accommodate my food adventures? Of course not… I am hungry, on the hunt for a solid brunch and my pencil is sharp.

What do you do whilst waiting for brunch-o-clock?


Cliched menu with a bacon thematic going. Sorry to say, my bacon tolerance is low and the word ‘trio’ sounds gourmet.

Trio of mushrooms with poached eggs, goats cheese, asparagus on toast – $17.50

Winning combination in this well presented construction. Detail makes the difference – chopped chive garnish, wilted spinach and a refreshingly crunchy asparagus.

Onto choice #2 and I ponder the word ‘salad’. Waitress firmly insists this to be hearty, specifically saying “yes its filling and you get a lot of greens.” Good enough answer.

Warm winter salad with poached eggs – $17.00


I’m served this insult and ask ‘where did the rest of it go’? Three bits of clean flavours, 10 minutes of emotional turmoil staring at an empty plate.

The fancy balsamic criss-cross dressing underneath is best translated as ‘I am a $5 dish dressed as a $17 dish‘ . Only time I ever want to see a criss-cross is on a hot cross bun. Money not well spent

So on balance there was some positives (atmosphere, mushroom dish), more than offset by serious negatives (my dish, prices) to the experience.

Food (♦♦) – clean flavours, well presented but very hit and miss with the items.
Value (♦♦) – outright expensive, anything interesting is $17-22.
Other (♦♦♦) – staff friendly and quick service. Let down was the waitresses’ definition of ‘hearty’.
Overall (♦♦) – will not be returning, left the place with a sad face.

Goodbye forever Sotto on West.

Today’s lessons learnt?
1. Let the missus order. I keep getting this wrong.
2. Only ask a waiter if a dish is ‘generous‘ if he/she either runs 100km+ weekly or weighs 100kg+.

It’s honestly hard to find an outstanding brunch cafe North of the Bridge. This is part of the reason we will be moving permanently to the Inner West in coming months.

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