Kiwis know how to cook. And how to do a good brunch. It’s no wonder that Kopapa, in the popular Seven Dials in Covent Garden, is always full. If you do decide on brunching here – which I highly recommend – make sure you book well in advance.
Kopapa has been on the lunch brunch scene for quite a few years now. It’s often mentioned in articles celebrating London’s top brunch places, and I’ve heard so many good reviews from friends that it is actually shameful I only made it there a few weeks ago.
Why I liked it:
1) The menu. Yes, it offers the more standard brunch options (in the form of a fry up, or avocado on toast, with chilli and feta), but on the whole I like the inventiveness. Dishes like Turkish eggs’ from Changa restaurant in Istanbul – 2 poached eggs, whipped yoghurt, hot chilli butter and Spiced banana French toast, grilled bacon, orange blossom labne, tamarind raisin relish, orange vanilla syrup really stand out. You don’t have that for breakfast every day (I like trying things I can’t easily make myself at home). I went for the Chorizo Hash with fried eggs and rocket and it was delicious.
2) The setting. Apart from the excellent location, with a small terrace outside and large open windows, the cafe itself is buzzing and fun. Large groups of friends enjoy a range of dishes, bloody marys are consumed, there is lots of laughter. It is clearly a happy place, and it’s infectious.
3) The service. They are so friendly. Is that a kiwi thing too?
They also serve lunch and dinner in the form of small sharing plates, but I hear that their brunch is better. The next brunch places on my list are the equally popular Lantana (Aussie-brunch in Fitzrovia), Honey & Co and Oldroyd (in Islington – brand new), though I’m super excited about brunch at Salt & Honey next weekend too.
Will keep you posted.
32-34 Monmouth Street
Seven Dials, Covent Garden