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Copa. A restaurant review

By johnboy - 24 May 2013 26

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I do believe I have a new favourite restaurant in town.

Sure Copa got off to a bad start. But I figured the most scrutinised kitchen in Canberra was worth a go and so we set off last night to check it out on Woolley Street in Dickson.

Arriving at 6.30 the restaurant was very quiet. While more people arrived as the night went on it was never what you’d call busy.

The decor is pleasantly woody with some nice brazilian themed murals.

While I’ve been down on “concepts” in restaurants in the past, the concept at Copa is both simple and pleasant.

Sit down at a flat rate $45 per head and they’ll keep bringing you food until you beg them to stop.

To this end every diner is equipped with a wooden disk, once side painted green, the other red.

As long as you’re green side up the food keeps coming.

We were, on sitting down, also provided with four sauces (red, green, oily, vinegary) and a plethora of vegetably side dishes with lurking bits of pork.

(Vegetarians really shouldn’t bother, although there are some seafood options)

Ensconced with sides, sauces, and a caipirinha the meat started coming.

Off the coals on long skewers they slice it off in front of you with a bit of help from the pair of tongs all diners are set out with.

Pork, beef, lamb, in a dizzying variety of BBQ styles. Not to mention the sensational sausage.

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I chased my cocktail with a delicious Palma Louca beer.

If you’re a vegetarian, or not keen on a smoky atmosphere give this place a miss.

But if you like tasting lots of different bites of BBQ’d meats while having a drink and a laugh and absolutely no stress on splitting the bill then I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I will most definitely be going back.

(Also 18 hours later I can report I feel fine, there was no sign of potato salad last night)

For bookings check out their website.

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Copa. A restaurant review
poetix 5:20 pm 24 May 13

c_c™ said :

“(Vegetarians really shouldn’t bother, although there are some seafood options)”

I’ve asked a few vegetarians about this and never gotten a satisfactory answer. Why is seafood okay?
I hear that it is so often but it seems so arbitrary.

Fish is not part of a vegetarian diet. Many people just don’t want to give fish up, understandably, and make up funny names for their fishy ways. Piscatarian and so on, but that actually implies that you only eat fish.

I think JB was being a tad provocative in linking vegetarianism and fish.

bundah 5:13 pm 24 May 13

Oh dear will no one think of the vegetarians, such cruelty, although it’s a bloody good thing I like my meat!

c_c™ 5:09 pm 24 May 13

“(Vegetarians really shouldn’t bother, although there are some seafood options)”

I’ve asked a few vegetarians about this and never gotten a satisfactory answer. Why is seafood okay?
I hear that it is so often but it seems so arbitrary.

MERC600 4:22 pm 24 May 13

Barcham said :

I’ve been monitoring Johnboy’s health all day. He seems fine.

He’s barely thrown up at all, much less than he usually would on a Friday.

Ah .. good one Barcham

Dingoman25 1:01 pm 24 May 13

Thanks Johnboy!

My wife and I’ll be trying it out for sure.

beardedclam 12:44 pm 24 May 13

I am definitely giving it a crack!! There will not be a cleaner, quieter place to eat in Canberra.

kevin22 said :

Legal Action is coming.

Of course it is

John Moulis 12:43 pm 24 May 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Haha, good effort in doing this. At the very least they should have picked up your tab, if not then, in future.

That was the payola system in operation during the 1970s and ’80s with the restaurant reviewer at The Canberra Times. They phoned a few days in advance letting you know they were coming and you had to give them a free meal to get a good review. At The Tower Restaurant in 1982 we refused to go along with this dishonesty and told them “pay like everybody else or don’t bother coming”. A few days later we picked up the paper and the reviewer bagged us unmercifully. Not only that, for the next few months a stream of anti-Tower stories were published. The boss of Telstra (or Telecom Australia as it was known then) had to meet with the editor to try and get the garbage to stop.

poetix 12:33 pm 24 May 13

I love the fact that you mention that it’s not for vegetarians twice!

Thanks, though. We’re all stupid enough to rock up to a Brazilian barbeque joint and ask for a tofu curry. Without bacon bits.

Holden Caulfield 11:52 am 24 May 13

johnboy said :

I try to fly under the radar with these things.

more expensive, but makes for a more useful review.

Yes, and that makes perfect sense generally speaking, but especially so in the context of this particular review.

That said, I dare say you’ve given them a bit of a leg up in their efforts to regain the trust of the average punter and a $45 meal voucher, for example, would be the least they can do to acknowledge that.

Thumper 11:40 am 24 May 13

kevin22 said :

Legal Action is coming.

Why does everything have to involve legal action?

Is it the pain and suffering and mental anguish etc?

johnboy 11:39 am 24 May 13

kevin22 said :

Legal Action is coming.

Maybe, maybe not. They’re not using raw eggs in mayo any more and the food is great, the service good.

kevin22 11:25 am 24 May 13

Legal Action is coming.

johnboy 11:14 am 24 May 13

I try to fly under the radar with these things.

more expensive, but makes for a more useful review.

Holden Caulfield 11:12 am 24 May 13

Haha, good effort in doing this. At the very least they should have picked up your tab, if not then, in future.

Barcham 11:03 am 24 May 13

I’ve been monitoring Johnboy’s health all day. He seems fine.

He’s barely thrown up at all, much less than he usually would on a Friday.

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