Although I was lucky to be the first to review the new Cruzao Arepa Bar on Brunswick St, I was not quick enough to do the same at the similar Sonido on Gertrude St. Respect to Where’s the beef for publishing the first review, followed by Vetti live in Northcote, Fat belly club and Crafty llama. I don’t know why two South American cafes serving arepas have opened in Fitzroy at the same time, but I appreciate it as both are great. I stopped in to Sonido for brunch last Saturday and love the eclectic interior.
I had the arepa con huevo (below) – a surprisingly crisp arepa with scrambled eggs with spring onions and tomato on top – light and delicious. My long macchiato was excellent, and I overheard a fellow customer tell the staff that he considered the coffee he’d just had as being in his all time top five. That’s impressive.
My girlfriend had the cheese and spinach empanada (below) and was less impressed. She liked it but thought it didn’t have enough cheese. I was surprised by the flaky pastry is was made with, which is quite different to the pastry of the empanadas I’m used to at Juanita’s.
The interior is full of colourful trinkets, record covers, books and posters. It’s very difficult to compare Sonido and Cruzao. Both have vibrant colourful interiors. Both serve arepas and make good coffee. I’m not going to declare a preference after one visit each. I like them a lot and hope to be a regular at both, as well as continuing to enjoy Juanita’s.