Kopapa

Address: 32-34 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HA, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7240 6076

- Mid-range

4.6

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
4.6
90%
Service
4
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Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
5
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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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

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