The new kid on the block: Sopra joins the buzzing Potts Point crowd

The contemporary interior of Bar Sopra

From the people who brought you La Bomba comes the brand new Sopra.

It is always cause for excitement when a new venue is opened in the heart of Sydney’s buzzing cosmopolitan suburb of Potts Point, so when Daily Addict got wind of the brand new Sopra we just had to pop by and try.

Aparna (pictured) & her husband Nick are the brains behind the operation

First impressions are strong at Sopra, behind the sophisticated white brick exterior, the décor is lovely and the fit-out by Guru Projects conveys modern-industrial sophistication. Leather al-fresco chairs go with gold accents and an incredibly well-stocked bar front and huge windows bring patrons to street level – the perfect way to enjoy Potts Point.

The big window at ground level allows for guest to enjoy drinks and the Potts Point ambience

Husband and wife dynamic duo Nick Stone and Aparna Gehlot are definitely not new kids on the popular Potts Point block, they are also the owners of the neighbouring and incredibly popular La Bomba. With the opening of Sopra they believe they are filling a gap in the local market,
“There’s definitely an important element of listening to people in the community about what their expectations are and what they feel the area is lacking – then to fill that gap. What I think works for us is that we know our customers and the area really well. This means we are able to give the best quality from the food to theservice – in every aspect of what we do.”

So, the setting is right, but how is the food? This writer’s first impression is that the crew at Sopra have nailed their brief. Sopra’s menu is built around Spanish influences and small tapas style share plates, this is not a place to sit down for a degustation. Sipping on an Alex Somespritz (gin, rose, peach liqueur & sparkling wine) cocktail Daily Addict got to work our way through some of the offerings the varied menu had. First up was fresh and flavourful Losado Olives with mixed pickles were paired alongside Appellation Sydney rock Oysters. You can judge a lot of a venue on how they treat the smaller dishes, and the olives were served with as much care as the larger and more expensive ones.

The next cocktail sampled was called the Reece Fiery Passion and comprised of Mezal, disaroona, passionfruit & chilli and for spice-lovers this comes highly recommended. The pretty little drink packs a real punch. Spice lovers can continue their culinary journey with grilled chorizo boccadillo sliders which go perfectly with an offering of white fish crudo with pickle chilli & tajin spices. The freshness of the white fish is almost a palette cleanser following the heavy, pan-fried chorizo, the latter of which is a definite DA recommendation.

The Alex Somespritz (L) & Reece Fiery Passion (R) cocktails

To finish off the selection Daily Addict recommends the almost dessert-like chicken liver parfait with pickled chilli and toast. Pair with a crisp white in summer or a rich shiraz in Winter and you can’t go wrong. The wine list is something to be ogled at as well; created by David Kalvo of Nomad notoriety, Nick and Aparna explain,
“We tried to keep it simple and not go crazy with the list, yet we have enough options to cater to all kinds of wine tastes. Most of our wines are from Australia. We wanted to offer the very best wines from around the country.”

The well-stocked window at Sopra

If you are looking for the hottest new spot in downtown Potts Point Sopra is definitely worth a look-in. While they do have a couple of larger food options, this venue is more for those who want to enjoy a glass or three of some of Australia’s best wine paired with delightfully modern tapas offerings.

Shop 4, 65 Macleay Street Potts Point 2011
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 4pm – 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am, Sunday 12pm – 10pm

About the author

A foodie through and through, Jack's insider knowledge of Sydney eateries is surpassed only by his love of pairing them with the right wine. With a background in television Jack's keen eye makes sure that no detail is missed and no canapé is left behind. Travelling between a South Coast Farm and Sydney, Jack's next adventure will hopefully be the acquisition of some new olive trees so that the next dirty martini has the perfect accompaniment.