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?
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
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.