Welcome to Soffritto, a contemporary European restaurant in Newtown!
We arrived at this place after buying a Groupon voucher for 5 courses with matching wines. Like with all Groupon vouchers, I quickly forgot how much it actually cost, but my vague memory is that it was $120 in total.
- Website: http://www.soffritto.com.au/
- Address: 367 King Street, Newtown (close to the train station)
- Open: Tues to Sun from 6pm
- Call: 02 9565 4660
We book for 6.30pm on a Wednesday night and it’s pretty quiet. The place has the decor of the Victorian or Renaissance era. The counter behind me showcases lots of wines, as does a shelf right above our heads.
Our courses start pretty quickly:
The first course was an anchovie salad served with cherry tomatoes and spinach (?) leaves. Most anchovies I’ve eaten are quite small and dried and on pizza, so this was something different. Quite nice. We also got some warm bread and olive oil.
Each course came with matching wines, which was a decent size. There was a mix of Australian and international wines. I couldn’t drink too much so left it for D2D to drink up.
This was the best course of the degustation! Unfortunately we weren’t listening very carefully to our waiter so I’m not sure what was inside – some of meat – but it was delicious! Very soft handmade and wrapped pasta topped with shaved cheese slices.
Next was the seafood risotto, which was so-so. Whilst tasty and with some good seafood (fish, pippis, prawns), I found it not that exciting in terms of flavour as say the previous course.
By this point, I was definitely struggling! Quite filling despite everything being degustation course size. This was full of flavour and I enjoyed each part from the beef, spinach to mash. The juice/sauce it sat in meant I could dip and soak the meat in it too.
We had a dessert each: this is the almond tart which had a bit blob of cream on top! I’m not too much of a fan of cream so I kind of ate around it.
This came in a cute little cup! Which was not little at all, because I quickly became too full! The slight bitterness of the expresso (under another dollop of cream) went well with the sweet biscuit.
What else is in Newtown?
Check out the Newtown category for food options. There’s also a host of quirky shops along the entire King Street, so keep exploring!