Copo Cafe and Diner is a charming restaurant in Drummoyne which is nearby the Bay Run. It's popular for its breakfasts but Copo Cafe and Diner is also open for dinner Thurs-Saturday for dinner so I drop by to check it out.
Copo Cafe and Diner has a South American flavour and dinner is intended to be shared in a group with share plates. I sip on a sneaky cocktail while I look at the menu and the artwork on the wall (is it unfinished?)
What a beautiful dish! I ordered the King Fish Cerviche ($22, above) which cured lemon King fish with capers, chilli. It tasted very fresh and light on the stomach. I think this is a very generous portion of King fish for $22 and is easily shared. It was probably missing a bit more lemon to bring the tang and zest that you normally expect in a cerviche.
When the Haloumi arrived, I had a slight food gasm. How gorgeous does this look? It's absolutely food porn. The grilled haloumi ($16, above) was perfectly dressed with balsamic vinegar and the fig, asparagus and trimmings balanced out that cheesey taste. I love this dish, so simple but so tasty. It's my favourite of the night.
If you love a good pancake-like fritter then you should check out the Zucchini Fritters ($16). They taste very simple and homely.
I also recommend ordering the Grilled Beef with puree of Cassava ($20, above). It's a dish that hit the spot as it was a cold night and the grilled meat in the puree of Cassava was very much comfort food. The meat was cooked medium and the puree was a lighter texture than potato. My friend said this was her favourite dish of the night.
If you have any stomach room, I tried the churros which resembled donut balls with a chocolate sauce (with a tinge of orange). It was delicious but I was very full by the end of the night!
Suggested Improvements: The staff were very friendly but service was slower. So I suggest you may have to take the Asian restaurant approach and flag down staff rather than waiting for them to come to you.
Price: $40 per person
Location: 135 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne
Opening Hours: 7am to 5pm Monday to Thursday. 7am to 10pm Thursday to Sunday
Summary: Lisa's Rating: Check it out if you want a nice restaurant for a casual dinner
Food: 8/10 for casual dining
Customer Service: 6/10
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