Expect an appealing mix of easy eats and some bistro classics made with care. Dial it up or down depending on your mood. In winter, the soup of the week is always interesting, paired with a cheese toastie in complementary flavours. Think a blue cheese sarmie with brocolli, tomato, ricotta and prosciutto; or chilli corn soup with southern fried chicken sarmie. The gnocchi (with pesto, ragu or cheese sauce) has deserving fans, and the burgers are served with some of the crunchiest sweet-potato fries in town. Specials like tacos keep things interesting. End on a light-as-air waffle.
The usual hot drinks, ice teas and fresh juice are available. Have a ginger shot if you’re feeling blue.
First prize is a spot in the leafy, light courtyard. It’s a calm oasis away from the bustle of Loop Street.
Make sure you take a turn around the gallery after your meal to see – and possibly buy – beautiful works on display by local artists.
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Solo now does breakfast all day, so you can order bacon waffles and shakshuka in the afternoon. Good life choices. The wonderful new winter menu has a few more tempting slow-cooked and saucy offerings to suit the time of year. The rich, indulgent beef ragu, braised in pinotage with cream, might cause you to halt conversation and raise your hands skywards it's so good. (Order it with tender gnocchi for best results.) The meat comes shredded in a glossy gravy, with bright pops of tender veggies for contrast. Sublime.