Named after the iconic Sophia Loren the little cottage restaurant can be found on the Morgenster Wine Estate in Somerset West. Morgenster is known for its first class, might I add award winning olive oil and it comes as no surprise that the restaurant is of the same standard. After making your way around the estate, passed the taste room you will be met by the cheerful and welcoming staff of Sofia’s. As the doors of the cottage are opened you are instantly warmed by the fire. All around are paintings of Sophia Loren, honouring her career and beauty. Above the fireplace is a massive portrait of the icon that fills up the entire wall. After the affectionate greeting you are escorted into a stylishly set restaurant that holds no more than about seven tables. There are no additional rooms so you know you can expect to be doted on by your waiter.

One of oddest yet memorable experiences at Sofia’s is the chance to taste different salts. Chef Craig Cormack has made a hobby of collecting various salts from around the world. You do not have to be a salt connoisseur to taste the different flavours and appreciate the various salts from around the globe. Some of the salts are even for sale at the restaurant. The menu changes weekly and each item is paired with one of Morgensters wines. It is also possible to have a taste menu and you can select how many courses you wish try out and whether or not you would like to pair the suggested wines with each course as well. There are no prices on the menu, but for the dining experience the food is fairly priced. Each dish is prepared to perfection and its presentation makes each bite even more delectable.

For a more exclusive dining experience I suggest you give Sofia’s a try.

Contact number: 021 847 1993

Physical address: Morgensters Estate, Vergelegen Avenue, Off Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town

Cuisine: Bistro

Ambience: Comfy & Casual

Lunch: 12 noon – 3:00pm, Wednesday to Monday
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Wednesday and Saturday

Website: www.morgenster.co.za/

Bronwyn May (@bronnmay)

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