Brunch has become a particular pastime of late and a growing buzzword that seems to be dominating every inch of our social media spectrum. Avocado was named the most photographed food on Instagram, and it seems that the trend has not disappeared. London’s most prolific and sought after brunch hotspots, are making their way onto my ‘list’ of places I intend on visiting; Kopapa being one of them.
I can now finally tick it off my list and having had to book our table nearly a month before (and it was already full), expectations were high. Despite being an avid lover of avocado, my intention was to deviate a little from the normal choice of scrambled eggs on a bed of smashed avocado with sourdough toast and opt for hot-smoked salmon, toast, spinach, 2 poached eggs, yuzu hollandaise. Priced at a reasonable £12.50, I washed it down with pink lemonade (pomegranate and lemon, shaken with a little sugar). My meal was superb and most certainly lived up to expectations. My only criticism would be the size of the meal; though brunch spots such as Kopapa tend to adopt a refined and culinary approach to their cooking and therefore in turn the meal is served relatively smaller than I would be used to!
Kopapa is most famous for their Turkish eggs – from Changa restaurant in Istanbul – 2 poached eggs, whipped yoghurt, hot chilli butter & 2 slices of toast. If you were to #turkisheggs, I would not be at all surprised to find Kopapa’s delicacy trawling our social media feeds. At this point, I definitely had food envy and could have almost definitely devoured another meal – but I resisted for my next visit.
Nestled behind the cobbled streets of Covent Garden, Kopapa has some of the most exciting and delactable infused flavours in Seven Dials. The interior design does not leave much space for diners to enjoy their meals peacefully; yet Kopapa, which comes from Maori means ‘a gathering, to be crowded, and a building to store food in’; it without doubt fits the bill. Kopapa is owned by Peter Gordan, Michael McGrath, Adam Wills and Brandon Allen. With a mix of Maori and New Zealand heritage, the four men have established a hub for an innovative menu that can offer you a place to sit with friends before or after shopping or enjoy post theatre.