Google ‘best brunch in London’ and you’ll probably find Kopapa on the list. Google ‘I love brunch’ and you might find my blog, if you trawl through pages and pages of websites.
Oh yes, I’m a self-confessed brunch lover. Someone who loves the indulgence of poached eggs, smoked salmon, creamy hollandaise and springy muffins after a long lie in. Someone who couldn’t think of a better way to kick start her birthday on Saturday.
I’ve exhausted most bruncheries in London, so decided on New Zealand restaurant Kopapa for this special occasion. Famed for its ‘fusion’ food, the restaurant’s name means ‘gathering’, ‘to be crowded’ or ‘a building to store food’, and is the brainchild of Peter Gordon and his pals.
The brunch menu is excitingly different, filled with everything from Turkish Eggs and Chorizo Hash, to Spiced Banana French Toast and Organic Oat & Soy Milk Porridge with Poached Rhubarb. Now if that doesn’t tease the tastebuds, I don’t know what does.
I went for none of these, deciding on Kopapa’s version of Eggs Royal – Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon on toast with spinach, 2 poached eggs & yuzu hollandaise (£12). It wasn’t the most adventurous, but still tasted sublime, consisting of slightly less buttery hollandaise than I’d like and two perfectly poached eggs that oozed their yolk all over my plate.
My sister chose the same, whereas Mum and The Boyfriend decided on Turkish Eggs (£8.90). Based on a recipe from a Changa restaurant in Istanbul, there was a bowl filled with two poached eggs topped with whipped yoghurt and hot chilli butter. It was warm and comforting, but a little greasy at the end, which the slices of toast happily mopped up.
Dad had the most attractive fry-up I’ve ever seen. On a bed of buttered sour dough toast sat grilled smoked bacon, sautéed field mushrooms, slow roasted tomatoes and two glistening free range fried eggs (£8.90). Wow, my mouth is actually watering as I type.
Food was washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice (£3.50) and tea (£2.90 per pot). I resisted the Brunchy Cocktails – maybe next time.
I loved the uniqueness of Kopapa. The dishes made a welcome change to my usual brunch, making the whole experience feel ‘birthday’ special. For that, Kopapa gets a LLE Rating of 7.5 / 10 and I look forward to going back for dinner.
Kopapa Café and Restaurant, 32-34 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HA