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Copa. A restaurant review

By johnboy 24 May 2013 26


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.


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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Jethro 7:29 am 26 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.

To quote Kurt Cobain, “It’s ok to eat fish ’cause they don’t have any feelings.”

Masquara 8:30 pm 25 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.

JB would have been sure to declare if Copa had given a freebie in exchange for a review!

Bad Seed 1:54 pm 25 May 13

Rover said :

Has the southside restaurant with the Mother’s Day gastro bug ever been outed? Just that I noticed a prominent Kingston establishment is closed at the moment “due to unforeseen circumstances”.

I have no idea if this is the case (so don’t quote me) but an interesting thing that I noticed was on the day that the outbreak made the news, the tv was showing the control centre that they had set up to monitor the cases that were being reported and they were also talking about the second outbreak and they were pointing at a white board as they were speaking to camera and “Rose Cottage” was written at the top of it and my Mr Bad Seed and I were wondering if this was supposed to be shown on camera!

Grrrr 12:35 pm 25 May 13

poetix said :

Many people just don’t want to give fish up, understandably, and make up funny names for their fishy ways. Piscatarian and so on.

I thought “Vegaquarian” was tres amusement.

funkylovebunny 11:06 am 25 May 13

I love it when there’s a signal for more food. Everyone knows it’s impossible to talk to a waiter when you’re shoving food into your gob like there’s no tomorrow.

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