Juhu’s latest bar and lounge has got a perfect weekend vibe, says Shirin Mehrotra.
Pretty paper lamps hanging from the tree, an al fresco bar, retro music and swings to sit on make you want to dress in your colourful best and do the Hawaiian dance. Copa, which opened last month near Juhu Gymkhana has an open air section with multiple seating options like cane sofas, park benches and swings. The low volume retro music makes the place conversation friendly, while the indoor section punches out loud commercial music.
The food menu is creative, yet interesting twist on Indian street food while the drinks play on flavours like ice lollys, candyfloss etc. We started with a tiki cocktail Wham bam boo (Rs 395) – the fruity drink had banana, passion fruit, apricot liquor with a heavy dose of dark rum and was served in a tiki glass. The Desi gola with vodka (Rs 295) blew us away with Kala Khatta flavour blending spectacularly with vodka.
Among the eats, the Panko crusted kheema pao (Rs 150) got our vote for being the most interesting bar snack, we’ve tried in a while. Spicy minced meat is sandwiched in pao, then coated with panko and deep-fried. There was a South Indian twist to the Red onion and molagapodi spiced prawns (Rs 240). The pan-fried King prawns were coated with red onions and South Indian dry chutney molagapodi popularly know as gunpowder. The Old Monk and Coke glaze chilli chicken (Rs 180) had very little hint of rum but was spicy and definitely not for the faint hearted.
Next up from drinks menu was Cucumber thirst (Rs 295) – a mix of cucumber and vodka and the perfect drink to wash down the spices. We summed up the dinner with tender and juicy Chello kebabs (Rs 220) served with tangy pomergranate flavoured rice.
Copa will soon start serving cocktails made with molecular mixology and the menu promises some very interesting flavours. With affordable liquor, good food and great ambiance it’s definitely on its way to become the new weekend destination.
Must try: Panko crusted kheema pao, Gola with vodka
Meal for two: Rs 1,600 inclusive of taxes (with alcohol)