Friday 1 May | 2015
Either you love or hate London. As one of the world’s most expensive cities, many are polarised over whether the high cost of living here is really worth it. But we think it is. On our third visit, we are spoilt again with the apparently rare event that is sunshine, and have the most fantastic day exploring one gorgeous suburb after another.
The café culture is excellent, led by the locals and many international expats, including the Kiwis. Exhibit A – these are coffees from Kopapa, a New Zealand inspired café by the renowned Peter Gordon, located in the fashionable district of Seven Dials. With classic flavour, lots of milk and a dusting of chocolate, these caffeinated treats are exactly what you’d find in Auckland suburbia.
Kopapa’s avocado on toast (£8.00) takes traditional Kiwi fast food to new heights, by adding goat’s cheese, chilli, basil and lemon oil, and staging it all on beautiful natural stone plates. The quality ingredients really sing and the result is so super satisfying.
The Turkish eggs (£9.50) also appear simple by design, but this is easily the best Middle-Eastern inspired egg dish that we’ve ever tried. The chargrilled seeded bread is the ideal partner for the luxurious labneh, seasoned oil and perfectly poached eggs. It’s smart yet somehow sophisticated, and packs lots of smooth spicy flavour without overpowering you on a lazy Sunday morning.
On the menu is a range of Crosstown Doughnuts (£3.50), which sparked our interest immediately with their droolworthy names. How could you ever choose between the chocolate truffle, rhubarb raspberry meringue, vanilla ring or passionfruit chocolate scroll? Make your decisive way to the gorgeous wooden box display.
Or pretend to be healthy and order a bowl of toasted oat and dried fruit granola (£7.00), dark roasted in house to bring out the caramelised flavours and provide lots of crunch.
Nothing works better with granola than proper Greek yoghurt, a simple truth that Kopapa have worked out as the resident granola experts in town. If we remember well, you can take home a bag of this addictive goodness too.
The Maori word Kopapa roughly translates to being crowded, and indeed you’ll wait for half an hour if you don’t have a reservation. Queueing is another sacrifice of living in busy London, but is it worth it? Yes it is.
Wish we could visit more often!
32-34 Monmouth Street
Seven Dials, Covent Garden
London WC2H 9HA
Looking for the menu? Here it is: