grilled chermoula marinated tiger prawns with watermelon pickle
A couple of months ago, an little restaurant called Kopapa opened in Covent Garden smack bang on the Seven Dials. Since its opening, it’s received some good reviews, but there’s also been some not so enthusiastic feedback, but regardless, it’s hard to classify Kopapa and put it in a box. Not the least because the descriptions of their dishes are a complete mind fuck.
The sister restaurant of tremendously popular Providores, Kopapa serves some old favourites (such as the Turkish eggs on their brunch menu) but also offers a variety of fusion (Asian, European, Middle Eastern – you name it they got it) dishes which perch precariously between creative and downright confusing. I’ve now been twice (brunch and dinner) and I have to say I’ve enjoyed both experiences, but I can totally see why they could also go so wrong.
So I guess all I can do is show you some pics of the food that I enjoyed and it’s up to you to go check them out and decide for yourself!
sesame infused tuna tartare with soy wasabi tapioca, crispy lotus root & shiso
chargrilled aubergine with tamarind caramel, coriander, pickled ginger and za’atar
coconut sticky pork ribs – seriously addictively delicious!
roast Norwegian cod with chargrilled leeks, salsify,
black-bean citrus salad & sherry vinegar caramel
seared scallops with chickpea panisse, apple shallot puree
& soy ginger beurre blanc
duck leg confit with Malaysian twice cooked sweet potato dumplings,
sour cherry jus & bok choy
crispy skinned Middle White pork belly on smoked potato mash &
buttered broccolini with miso & tarragon dressing
deep fried squid on puy lentil, chipotle chilli & aubergine salad
with caramelised peanuts & rocket
black sesame brulée with a lemongrass ginger beignet
& black sesame molasses
warm black rice and pandan coconut pudding with vanilla poached figs
buttermilk & yoghurt panna cotta with hibiscus jelly & vanilla shortbread
And a couple of brunch dishes:
chorizo hash with a fried egg, rocket, salsa verde & crispy shallots
hot-smoked salmon on toasted sourdough with spinach,
2 poached eggs & yuzu hollandaise
As for the that tweet from Douglas Blyde, I agree that the layout is too tight – not just claustrophobic but be prepared to be bumped once or twice by a passing waitperson. As for the sour food? Kopapa seemed to use quite a bit of tamarind, shiso and yuzu in their dishes. I love tamarind and the sour edge these flavours all bring, so that was all good to me!
ps. the trick to reading the menu is just to read what the main ingredient is. Ignore the rest of the bullshit, the dishes all taste good 😉
pps. sorry about the crappy pics. Bad lighting. Bad photographer. Whatever.
Kopapa Cafe and Restaurant
32-34 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden, WC2H 9HA
0207 240 6076