There’s a new kid on the block, and trust me when I say, you want to sit at Sotto Sopra.
This Italian-inspired restaurant is in the heart of Rosebank. Sotto Sopra, meaning upside down, gives meaning to modern Italian. Designed over two levels, with a counter facing the street, you will get all the ‘true modern Milano style’ feels.
Pops of bold colour, quirky furniture (think three-legged chairs), and an attention to design details adds to the casual-luxe look and feel. With modernist impressionist art and art objects donning the walls, it is a perfect fit in the arty surroundings of The Keyes Art Mile.
On arrival we were greeted by the general manager and acting partner Jared, and Feist, an adorable pup, who attracts tons of attention.
A quick glance at the menu, and my inner foodie was clapping excitedly. The menu is small enough to avoid FOMO, and big enough to evoke all types of excitement.
They have a set menu for restaurant week which gives you a choice between 3 starters, 3 mains and 2 desserts, all for the steal of R345. Add R250 and you get the perfect wine pairing.
We decided to take my four-year old with, because if he gives it a thumbs-up, well then it’s a winner.
For me anyone can cook good food, but pastry is more often than not a disappointment, so I was extremely excited to put Jared to the test. He is after-all extremely passionate about dessert.
Desi had the Ragu Napoletana with fresh tagliatelle, and just about cleaned his plate. Two thumbs up from him, and a taste around the table scored it a good solid 9/10.
The adults were a little more adventures, with one ordering from the restaurant week menu, one had starters and a main, and two of us had mains and a dessert.
From the restaurant week menu, Johan chose the wild mushroom tortellini for starters. Osso Bucco for mains and the lemon meringue tartlet for dessert. With flavours out of this world, the tortellini hit the spot and taste buds with the first mouthful. The Osso Bucco was tender and exploded with flavour. Johan is a difficult person to please when it comes to lemon meringue, and this tart knocked him out of the park. An overall score of 9/10 for the meal and presentation.
Kevin opted for squid heads for the starter and the Mexicana pizza for mains. A cuppacino. finished off his meal. The squid heads had just the right amount of batter, with the perfect combination of an accompanying aioli. Soft and tender, bursting with flavour. The Mexicana pizza missed the bar slightly. Tasty but it needed a little more something. The cuppacino however made up for what the pizza was missing and an overall score of 8/10 for the meal.
Sharon opted for the Filetto di Manzo (beef fillet) for mains and the Valrhona chocolate fondant for dessert. Cooked to perfection of medium rare, the flambé’d beef fillet is served with rosemary potato fondants, honey-glazed carrots, charred shallots, brandy emulsion and a roasted parsnip and honey puree. The best fondant we’ve had – oozing Valrhona lava centre in a semi baked fondant, with vanilla bean ice-cream is the perfect way to finish off a fabulous meal. An overall score of 8.5/10.
I chose the Lombata di manzo (sirloin steak) for mains and the chocoholic that I am obviously went for the Valrhona chocolate fondant. Another perfectly cooked steak to medium rare, accompanied with thyme roasted baby potatoes, buttered broccoli, caramelised onion puree, salt roasted baby beetroot, chive mascarpone and salsa verde. The meal was absolutely delicious, and literally made me want to ask for more broccoli (it tasted that good). Finished off with the chocolate fondant, my heart and tummy were happy as can be. My overall score 9/10.
The meals are well priced, greatly executed and value for money. The restaurant is inviting and child-friendly. The perfect place for a quick coffee break or a catch-up lunch with a friend, or dinner date with bae.
An all round 9/10 for the evening,
I definitely will be back to try the rest of the menu, and the fondant of course.