I don't often go for brunch, mainly because I work full time and on weekends, by the time TBH and I get going it's already lunch time. This weekend I had a friend flying in from New Zealand and as she had just gotten off a 30 hour flight she wanted to meet early. Hmmm where to go? This really isn't my forté. I needed somewhere central that didn't stop serving breakfast or brunch too early and was more than a greasy spoon. Kopapa ticked all those boxes and then some.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Kopapa is the baby of Peter Gordon, the god-father of fusion cooking. It is an all-day restaurant and only now that I've done some research, really well known for their breakfast/brunch menu. All the usual appear on the breakfast menu, with some interesting additions like 'Turkish eggs' that Peter is really well known for at his other restaurant The Providores. There is even a nod to his New Zealand heritage with boiled eggs and Vegemite soldiers.
I had the hot smoked salmon, spinach and 2 poached eggs on toast with yuzu hollandaise (£11.20) It was absolutely delicious! Poached eggs are my favourite and these were done just right. The yuzu hollandaise was a clever twist on a classic. The citrus kick it gave the sauce was refreshing and made the normally heavy (for me) hollandaise sauce very light. I really enjoyed it. The Turkish eggs with whipped yoghurt and chilli butter (£8.60) that my friend ordered looked amazing and I definitely want to try it out!
The restaurant is buzzy and informal with a warm and inviting atmosphere - exactly what you'd expect to find in any Southern Hemisphere café. The total bill came to £62.00, which sounds expensive for brunch but it included 3 Bellini's, a Bloody Mary and service. Everything on the menu looked great and I can't wait to go back to try some other dishes!
I'm already looking forward to my next meal, which also happens to be the number 1 restaurant on my bucket list...The Square. Watch out for my review coming soon.
Until we eat again!
32 - 34 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9HA