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Kopapa (London)

zuriga1 Sep 10, 2013 11:52 AM

I decided not to order the kangeroo. We had lunch at this new spot near Covent Garden today, and I was rather surprised that it was fairly empty at prime time for lunch. I think it's a nice addition to that neighbourhood.

I had a delicious burger of soft shell crab in a grease-free, tempura batter - it was covered by a Thai peanut sauce and salad and served in a good-size bun. Fries were also tasty but supposedly made with rosemary and garlic salt. There was salt (didn't taste very garlicky to me) and I tasted no rosemary at all.

My husband had a lentil soup which I thought was a bit overpriced at £6.50. The usual lunch soup was nowhere to be seen on the menu, but they accomodated his desire with what the waitress called their 'dinner soup.' I guess that means it was leftover from the night before or just made for service tonight... anyone's guess, but he said it was tasty.

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    brokentelephone Sep 10, 2013 03:10 PM

    Sounds interesting. I see it is owned by Providores in Marylebone.

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    1. re: brokentelephone
      zuriga1 Sep 10, 2013 11:37 PM

      It is owned by Peter Gordon. The website extolls their breakfasts and brunches, and it's open all day. The kitchen was down a flight of stairs, and I couldn't help but feel sorry for the wait staff having to go up and down all day. It's got a nice bar area which was empty yesterday but probably fills up at other times. The prices are not cheap, but what is?

      1. re: zuriga1
        Indy 67 Sep 11, 2013 06:04 AM

        "The prices are not cheap, but what is?"

        We just got home from a three-week visit to Europe which began with a week in London.

        We had a weird experience reading the menus in every restaurant. We had heard about the price of meals in London, but as we read the menu, the prices looked very ordinary to us. (We're from a major metropolitan area of the East Coast in the US) There seemed to be nothing exceptional about them, until we would have our nightly "duh" moment and remember we were looking at prices in pounds and not in USD. Whoops!

        Incidentally, our favorite meal was at Greek Street for its combination of quality ingredients, innovation, and just plain delicious taste. More details when I get unpacked and finish dealing with all the nonsense that piles up while traveling.

        1. re: Indy 67
          zuriga1 Sep 11, 2013 08:58 AM

          I remember first coming to London and doing the same thing... forgetting the £ sign. I once bought strawberries for a ridiculous price and still laugh about that from years ago.

          I now just think in ££ all the time. The numbers are much lower and make me feel better. :-)

          1. re: zuriga1
            brokentelephone Sep 12, 2013 01:33 AM

            When I visited as a teenager I was staying in St. James with my mother, and having recently gone through 'the change' required a shaver but hadn't thought to pack one. As a treat, my mother told me to go down the road to Truefitt & Hill and buy myself a shaving brush and shaver.

            Thinking that the prices were halved from Canadian dollars rather than doubled, I decided to get a £100 brush, and a £150 shaver -- $500 later I found out they didn't accept refunds on shaving accessories!

            1. re: brokentelephone
              zuriga1 Sep 12, 2013 04:11 AM

              LOL! I bet you used those shaving things for years. Maybe you still do! It's so easy to get the conversions wrong.

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