Never say never

They say the safest place to put a large metal spike in a car is the centre of the steering wheel, so applying that same theory, The Copa should be the safest restaurant in Canberra given the recent press and with everyone’s skeptical eye watching its every move, right?

I was asked repeatedly if I would come here after the salmonella outbreak and I replied that there were a lot of other restaurants in Canberra I could eat at and I probably wouldn’t, but never say never…

They were offering $30.00 pp (usually $45.00) all your can eat for the month of June and a group of my friends were going so I thought I’d go along for the ride and take advantage of the offer and it looked like everyone else was too, it was packed!

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There is a token for each individual person on the table and you flip it over once you’re done. There were some jokes about bringing me a fishing pole but I had high hopes with so many choices of meat and sides that getting full would be easy.

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All ready to go! We were seated at the very furthest corner of the restaurant but I was hoping that wouldn’t be a problem (besides me trying to get to the toilet).

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Cheese bread starters with a variety of dips – a tasty cheese puff with an unusual texture but remember, don’t fill up on the bread!

Tonight’s specialoctopus and chorizo.

Sides~ although there were a large variety of sides, they gave us three and said we could order more. Nothing too exciting here, I was waiting for the meat.

Brazillian style rice, black beans and chorizo and braised cabbage

Chorizopig and chilli. A delicious chorizo with a real spicy kick!

Bachalaucreamy coconut and tomato reduction. A light fish with a mild taste mostly its lending the flavour from the coconut milk.

Lulaspicy baby squid. Easy to eat and not chewy at all, although the sauce the squid and prawns were in were loaded with chilli and lemon.

Camaraoking prawn cutlets.

Ricauchicken thigh fillet wrapped in bacon. It did remain moist because they used thighs but I’m not the biggest fan of chicken when there is red meat to be had.

Picanharump cap spicy. Depending on where the server cut for you, you could get a rare piece or well done piece, all you have to try and get though is an outside juicy seasoned area otherwise you’ll be stuck with an unseasoned dry/rare piece of meat. 

Porculeiro pork neck on parmesan crumb. A really succulent piece of pork and the parmesan creates a crispy outer coating. I was looking forward to getting more of this but it never came back.

Loinlemon and oregano. This was seasoned with a lot of oregano and my piece was a bit dry, it need some pepper and gravy.

Although no one had flipped their button over, one of the waiters seemed to serve everyone around us and I had to actively call him over before he offered us some of his skewer.

The food stopped coming which was abrupt and without warning and while they were trying to clear table I had to ask if there was at least any more pineapple, after the waitress went to check she said that there was only the vegetable skewers and pineapple left. The first pieces of pineapple were mostly the core and inedible but the second pieces were all coated in cinnamon sugar and juicy.

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A very big and spacious restaurant with a very big churrasco imported from Brazil.

Needless to say I never turned my token over, it just seemed like they decided to stop serving food without telling anyone.

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The bathrooms looked rather funky having giant pales with stones as the sinks but the large pieces of duct tape taping the mirror to the wall was a bit alarming and it seems like they also haven’t bothered to finish the outside decking area.

They have removed all egg products from the menu since ‘the incident’ and I can safely say that I went there last night and I am still alive. There were good things and bad things just like most restaurants but I didn’t like how they stopped serving food without any warning (and we didn’t even get offered half the available menu!) and because we had a later booking and placed in the back corner it was not advantageous or helping our cause.

The food here was good, some things were a lot better than others and at the discounted price it was pretty good value and made it very easy to split the bill, but if you do come here, I would opt for a table close to the churrasco and an earlier starting time. I would have liked to have tried more than I was offered.

They have an all new price list from 1st July- adults $39 and children $19.

 

Venue: The Copa

Address: 5/55 Woolley St, Dickson, ACT 2602

Phone(02) 6249 8880

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Dessert at Eightysix

I went to Eightsix agessss ago but I didn’t get around to posting about it before I left to go to Japan. I didn’t realise how poor the photos were until I looked at them again, we sat outside and it was very dim there so I couldn’t help it. Maybe next time I’ll bring my own lighting?

The only time slot we could get was 9:15pm on a Saturday night, so I decided to go for dessert. When we arrived at 9:20pm, there were still people queuing for dinner which is crazy, so we opted to sit outside to get a seat right away rather than waiting, it wasn’t too cold and I knew we weren’t staying long.

It is definitely a trendy little place and every time I went to take a photo of the door for opening hours, the surrounding tables etc the waiters would jump into the shot and pose. The friendly waitress was talking about hipsters, being trendy and instagram, it was unlike any other place I’ve been to.

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Their don’t have a written menu, everything is written on the blackboard, interchangeable and changed daily.

All desserts were $14.00 and there were only four options but they ran out of creme brulee so we chose one of each of the remaining.

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Chocolate sour cherries – I’m not particularly fond of cherries but this was a great combination with the chocolate. The random dry waffle bits thrown in let the plate down though.

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Salted popcorn sundae with waffle, popcorn and ice cream – I really liked the though of popcorn in my dessert, the saltiness really brought out the sweetness of the dessert and added great texture.

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White chocolate semifreddo – I couldn’t taste the white chocolate and for me it was my least favourite of the desserts

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With the hustle and bustle inside I didn’t get to stop and look at the menu but the plates of food I walked past looked fabulous. I would love to come back and try something before I have dessert again.

Venue: Eightysix

Address: Elouera St Mode 3 Building, Braddon, ACT 2612

Phone: (02) 6161 8686

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Quick lunch at Autolyse

When my heart was set on a hot delicious chicken and vegetable pie from Cornucopia, I was sadden to see that it was closed on Mondays (I thought it was too good to be true that we got a park right out the front). My brain quickly flickered to plan B – Autolyse was a bakery that I hadn’t tried but had heard wonderful things about their bread and was around the corner near Elk and Pea.

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I was a little disappointed to see that there was no hot food to go (and the roast beef sandwiches were sold out) but I opted for a Salmon caper sandwich on thick crusty bread and of course I grabbed a chocolate croissant and a escargot to go also. image 

For a person who doesn’t usually buy sandwiches, this one was ok, I wasn’t a fan on the salty capers that they used and I wasn’t overly impressed with the chocolate croissant either but what blew me away was the escargot! The pastry was crisp and tasty, the sultanas were plump and sweet, if I knew it was that good I would have just bought three of those for lunch. image

I wouldn’t mind sitting down and browsing their menu a little longer next time (but car parking is so hard in Braddon!) after all everyone that was dining in seemed happy, even if it’s to get some more escargot. image

Venue: Autolyse

Address: 21 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT 2612

Phone02 6262 8819

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For years I have driven through Queanbeyan and see the Buffalo Bistro – question, is it really a restaurant (what is the food like???) or is it simply a front for outlaw motorcycle gangs??? Just kidding of course – but I am too scared to even try it!!! It remains elusive on google – so you could be doing us all a favour by being a pioneer?!

I haven’t been through Queanbeyan for a while since my friend moved, sounds dodgy though. Has anyone heard about this place?

Curry in a hurry

After only just getting back into the country, my friend took me to a new (well new to me) curry place in the city, Mon Thani. I’ve only been gone for just two weeks but new places are always popping up in Canberra.

It looks like the same people that run ‘The Burmese Curry place‘ near the city bus interchange but I’m not sure.

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The ordering system is easy- you go in, hope that there are seats available otherwise you get your meal to take away. There are 9 dishes to choose from and you can choose two with some rice for $8.00, but it looked like if you eat in you slightly get a little bit more of everything.

1. Beef and potato curry                    6. Beef bamboo curry

2. Egg curry                                          7. Pork mince stir fry 

3. Prawn cake curry                           8. Tofu stir fry

4. Vegetarian curry                           9. Prawn stir fry

5. Green chicken curry

My friend and I both chose the beef and potato curry but it seems like the #9 prawn stir fry was the store favourite. The beef was very tough and chewy, not at all like I expected but there was a good ratio of beef to potato. I chose the pork mince stir fry for my second dish as I really like snake beans, it was okay, overall not very flavoursome.

My friend who is a bit more adventurous than me chose the egg curry which I thought wouldn’t sell much but she said that it was rather quite nice.

Even though I work near the city, I found driving across Northbourne and parking in the area too labourious for mediocre curries. I don’t know if I would come here again.

Venue: Mon Thani

Address: Petrie Place up from the merry-go-round towards the Fish Shack, Civic, ACT

CASH ONLY