Sunday, 19 April 2015

Breakfast at Kopapa Cafe and Restaurant, London

Kopapa is a fusion Cafe and Restaurant near Covent Garden in Central London. A Maori word for ‘a gathering, to be crowded, and a building to store food in’, Kopapa is a chic and tasteful restaurant, with an extensive breakfast menu.

I visited Kopapa early one weekday morning, keen to try its extensive breakfast menu. I settled in at a table and took in the surroundings: the venue was softly playing funky soul music in the background and its marble-topped bar and stylish lighting paired elegantly with the decorative tiled Mediterranean style-floors.

From Kopapa fry ups to granola with greek yogurt and blossom honey, and not forgetting the ever popular avocado smash - which I’m seeing pop up on most London breakfast menus at the moment. It was also nice to see a variation of lighter options like soft-boiled eggs, toast and fruit salad, rather than a long list of heavy fry ups.

That said, I went straight for the ‘Turkish eggs’ from Changa restaurant in Istanbul – 2 poached eggs, whipped yoghurt, hot chilli butter & 2 slices of toast’ (£9.50), while my colleague chose the ‘Kopapa’s hot-smoked salmon, toast, spinach, 2 poached eggs, yuzu hollandaise’ (£12.50).

Washed down with a strong Assam tea, my Turkish eggs were pretty special. I've tried them once before at Brew Cafe, but Kopapa's version with its spicy melted chili butter and whipped yogurt was really delicious.

Meanwhile, the hot smoked salmon on toast was a slightly lighter dish, with a generous portion of fish. What I did especially like about both of these breakfasts was the chargrilled toast, it's not burnt, but the blackened edges give the toast a smokey flavour which I would find difficult to recreate at home without setting off the fire alarm!

Just beautiful! Keep a close eye on the blog as I'm going to give this tasty breakfast treat a go myself very soon.

Kopapa Café and Restaurant
32-34 Monmouth Street
Seven Dials
Covent Garden
London, WC2H 9HA