Kopapa

Price guide: Mid-range

32-34 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HA

Price guide: Mid-range

Kopapa's bar area

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#19 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
5
5.0
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, People watching, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of Kopapa

The big kahuna of fusion cuisine has found a larger stage in Covent Garden.

I was never not going to like this place. The only problem with Peter Gordon’s Marylebone restaurant The Providores & Tapa Room is its diminutive proportions, so the prospect of a larger café-brasserie in another useful part of town is as delicious as, well, smoked coconut tamarind laksa and a wasabi martini.

Food and drink: 

The menu is reminiscent of the Providores & Tapa Room but not a carbon copy. For breakfast, try the not-sweet, not-savoury ricotta fritters with avocado, rocket and pomegranate salad and pistachio caramel sauce. Kopapa’s express and pre-theatre menu sticks to the traditional two-or-three courses, but the all-day menu encourages grazing and sharing. I can't wait to go back and try the sticky coconut pork ribs – they are the invention of (another New Zealander) head chef Leigh Hartnett, rather than Peter Gordon – AA Gill apparently hated them, but they sure sound scrummy. As you might expect, there are good New Zealand wines and beers on offer, but the list is international.

Ambience: 

Relaxed with a sophisticated trendiness. I love the floor.

Service: 

Could be pacier, but they handled our very specific cooking requests with aplomb.

Location: 

One of Covent Garden’s coolest streets, with plenty of boutique shopping, and a load of other interesting restaurants and bars nearby. After a spell in the doldrums, Covent Garden is attracting real Londoners again, not just tourists.

Price advice: 

Spend as little or as much as you want. Tapas are £2.20-£7, sharing platters £9-£10.50. Breakfast options start at £2.80 for toast and jam and meander up to £10.50 for hot smoked salmon on toast with poached eggs, spinach and yuzu hollandaise. Cappuccino is £2.80, a cucumber mojito or bloody mary £8.50.

Other useful branches: 

The Providores & Tapa Room is on Marylebone High Street – and reviewed here.

More information on Kopapa:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
Fusion
Address:
32-34 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HA
Telephone:
020 7240 6076
Website:
http://www.kopapa.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8.30am-10.45pm; Sat 10am-10.45pm; Sun 10am-9.45pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
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