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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE

THE ex­cel­lent Cafe So­pra, hid­den be­hind dis­plays of condi­ments in the Fratelli Fresh ware­house in Syd­ney’s Water­loo, was a favourite week­end lunch haunt. So news that this rus­tic bolt­hole would close was met with dis­ap­point­ment. Happily, the en­tire kitchen and floor-staff team, in­clud­ing head chef Bren­dan Wade, has popped up at a new lo­ca­tion in Alexan­dria. Fratelli Fresh boss Barry McDon­ald has com­man­deered the old Buck­land Ho­tel and turned it into his lat­est culi­nary hot spot, in­clud­ing a reimag­ined ver­sion of his first So­pra out­let, plus bar, cool­room stocked with fruit and veg, and a sec­tion sell­ing condi­ments. It’s the lat­est ad­di­tion to McDon­ald’s ex­pand­ing em­pire and while it has a very dif­fer­ent feel from Water­loo — big­ger, louder and with out­door seat­ing — we like what we’ve seen. A newly in­tro­duced wood-fired oven (pic­tured) means piz­zas are now part of the reper­toire and, un­like its pre­de­ces­sor, So­pra Alexan­dria is open for din­ner. More: fratel­lifresh.com.au.

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