A couple of Sundays ago El Marido and I checked out Colombian café Sonido! for brunch. And yes the café's name has an exclamation point, that's not a typo. I absolutely loved the place, El Marido did too, it is just like a little Bogotá in Melbourne, the interior, décor, and of course the menu all add to the Colombian feel.
|Front of the café|
But we opted to be put on the wait list as it was too cold outside. I'm glad we did we would've missed out on being surrounded by their wonderful interior! It is comprised of actual Bogotá bus route signs, Colombian children's books, a Chibcha head, maps of South American countries and random mismatched bits and bobs. There was also a vinyl record player, and the menu cards were made from Spanish magazines and posters.
The kitchen reminded me so much of El Marido's abuela's (grandma) kitchen in Timiza.
I ordered the Arepa Ropa Vieja and El Marido got the Arepa Chorizo. Both were under $12, relatively cheap for a café I must say! My Ropa Vieja was full of flavour both on its own and with the picadillo and guacamole complementing it. The arepa is just the right thickness and did not absorb too much of the meat juice so it did not go soggy. I tried El Marido's Chorizo and while it was also very good, I preferred my Ropa Vieja.
Para beber I had their classic Colombian hot chocolate, and while ordering I totally forgot to get the one with cheese. Colombians have their chocolate caliente with cheese, weird as it may sound, El Marido says it's good. El Marido had the agua panela, it's some sort of sweet tea made with panela, or as Sonido's menu says, an "elixir". In Colombia, agua panela is normally drunk when one is sick. Well El Marido was not sick but the agua panela made him feel extra better nonetheless.
|EM said you had to roll the paddle between your hands so the chocolate becomes extra frothy.|
|Sure enough it became wonderfully frothy!|
|Just the steam from the agua panela is enough to make you warm. Mmm qué rico!|
Service was ok, pretty average as one would expect during brunch rush on a weekend.
Since we're on the subject of Gertrude Street I thought I should share more of what I love about it.
The cycling scene:
|A gorgeous purple Tokyo Bike outside Sonido|
Lovely non-cookie cutter shops:
|Amor y Locura|
The stylish people and animals:
I'm due to visit Gertrude Street again soon, I am after a Cambridge Satchel Company bag and Cottage Industry is a distributor! I might just pop in Sonido again, and try the chocolate with cheese this time!