With her finger very much on the pulse of city culture, Dari shares her take on the dining scene. This time, Pope Joan is on her radar, and she filed this report.
Restaurants inside a hotel are generally a big no-no. Ordinarily, adjoining eateries to an expensive and large-scale international hotel are typically lifeless, dull and exorbitantly overpriced. Pope Joan, the gorgeous sweet restaurant nestled on the outskirts of the Sofitel is an exception.
The much-adored Brunswick local shifted from its original location to make way for high-rise apartments. Indeed, Brunswick’s loss is the city dwellers’ gain. The European-style restaurant, with an English chef, is elegant enough to bring an international crowd but not too snotty or pretentious to put you off.
Whisk away with a martini to the wooden tables, neatly set with crisp linen or sprawl along a comfy leather booth and you’re made to feel like you’re not just sitting at the Paris end of town but – for a moment – you’re actually there.
Bottom line: Charmingly sophisticated. Fabulously chic. Welcome to the city Pope Joan, you’re a keeper.
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