69 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
It’s Sunday morning, and I’m already on the streets, walking across the Carlton Gardens to get to the first point of interest for my ethnic eats article (if you haven’t read it, read it here.)
The place I’m headed to is Sonido! Its name is derived from the Spanish term for “beat” or “sound”, and once you walk into its interior it’s immediately obvious why it’s called that. Ambient and atmospheric Latin American tunes (genuine vinyl records, not cheap CDs) provide plenty of aforementioned beats, and it’s easy to forget you’re in Melbourne rather than somewhere in Colombia or Cuba. It’s all very tasteful, and none of it seems cheesy or fake.
The staff clearly enjoy their work. Breakfast is cooked in the open kitchen next to the baristas plying their trade, the smell of aromatic scrambled eggs mingling with the strong smell of the Supreme coffee. You can’t beat a place that can make you comfortable the minute you enter the place – especially when you’ve traveled far just to have breakfast.
The food is simple but satisfying. Scrambled eggs with diced tomatoes and other herbs, served on arepas – a circular flat bread common in some South American cuisines. Cooked just the way you’d want the eggs to be, not too much or too little herbs, it’s a modest package but it’s all tasty – an excellent start to the day. The iced coffee (I never saw the sense of drinking hot coffee on a hot day) is mightily strong, the concentrated caffeine and ice punching your senses awake.
Finishing the meal may take some time, as the tunes and quaint little posters weave an illusion that’s hard to break away from – the illusion of having all the time in the world. Unfortunately for me, time was short. There were other places to see and more food to taste. But I left Sonido! with a satisfied stomach and awakened senses. And for a cafe like this, it’s a feat I regard highly.