Cape Town’s hotels seem to be upping the ante when it comes to their in-house restaurant offerings, looking to entice not just their guests but those wanting a memorable dining experience in the heart of the city.
And Copa restaurant at Pepperclub Hotel is no different. Centrally located on the corner of Loop and Pepper streets, the hotel’s New-York-esque exterior, with gold luggage trolleys and friendly doormen, sets the scene for what’s to come.
Behind the revolving doors and through the Paparazzi Bar and Piano Lounge, is Copa. Choose to have a cocktail in the laidback bar first or head through to an intimate table or cosy booth in the restaurant, decorated in sophisticated tones of cream and copper.
Fresh, fine fare
The pared-back dinner menu offers dishes of locally-sourced ingredients prepared with a little European flair. The marinated exotic mushrooms with a poached egg and crispy garlic bread wafer as a starter was full of flavour. My main dish of poached kingklip wrapped in ribbons of zucchini, on a bed of tomato risotto, was accompanied by burnt baby carrots and a yellow pea veloute, and was cooked perfectly.
My partner had the seared ostrich, with butternut purée, roasted baby beetroots and fennel, which was drizzled in a rich juniper berry jus.
Vegetarian options included curried lentil and cabbage parcels and spinach lasagne. The dishes we tried were tasty and satisfying, and those we saw going past to other tables looked equally good.
We rounded off our evening sweetly, with an indulgent Belgian chocolate torte, topped with mint ice cream, strawberries and fresh mint syrup.
Pepperclub Hotel is also home to a 29-seater retro cinema. The cool Odeon Cinema is a 1960s-style theatre that’s as rad as it is retro. Here, movie-goers can settle into one of the cosy armchairs and tuck into buckets of popcorn while watching a classic or a popular new release.
Copa is open every morning for breakfast, but if leisurely weekend brunching is more up your street, don’t miss the extravagant weekend buffet. With a large selection of sweet and savoury dishes, and a complimentary glass of bubbly, the R285 offer seems unmissable.