A Taste Sensation at Coppa Club
Big City in Brighton
If you find yourself needing an escape from the Brighton buzz, a short walk through the lanes will allow you to discover the newly opened Coppa Club in Brighton Square.
Starting in 2015, Coppa Club promised to be an all day, every day hang out for every occasion. Starting in Sonning on the Thames, many will be familiar with the popular restaurant series by their locations throughout London and the surrounding areas, but is there more to see at Coppa Club than the luxury dining experience offered in their cosy winter igloos?
A Welcomed Escape
Desperate to escape the perils of Brighton’s winter weather, we hurried into Coppa Club and were instantly comforted by our surroundings. Cosy velour sofas, shelves brimming with books, plush cushions and snug nooks, the perfect shelter from the world outside.
The TARDIS-like interior formed from combining three previously empty units embraces and utilises the spaces available, whether you’re looking to enjoy the vast cocktail menu at the brushed gold bar, get snug on the sofa, dive into your book whilst sipping on a cappuccino or enjoy a date night with the other half in the dining area, surrounded by greenery and the warm hue of the interior – there’s an all-day option for everyone.
Bubbles to Browse
Greeted with a glass of dry Italian bubbles, we started to make our way through the menu, unable to resist a warm sourdough bread to start, served with extra virgin olive oil. Served in a brown paper bag, it felt like picking up a freshly baked loaf from a European bakery.
The cocktail menu is extensive, and as firm believers in trying everything once, we both opted for something different to our usual. I chose a “Bramble Spritz” (Rose Spumante, apple juice, Belsazar Rose Vermouth, Creme de Mure & blackberry) and Jamie opted for a “Winter Mojito” (Sailor Jerry Rum, agave, lime, ginger beer, Licor 43 & mint), both of which were lovingly made by the manager, a master mixologist.
Starters to Share?
With the promise of unfussy and thoughtful food with European inspirations, we were excited to get stuck in. A difficult question when the food is that good, and with tapas style dishes to share across the small plates, it’s hard not to steal a fork full. Unwillingly, I had to share my Fava and Mint Bean Hummus, the smell of the charred flatbread was too much to resist for Jamie.
The hummus was refreshingly light with a flavoursome punch of mint, kindly complimented by the labneh.
Jamie opted for Crispy Fried Squid, lightly fried bite size pieces served with sriracha mayo and a paprika dusting. With starters done, we were keen to sample more and move to mains.
The Main Event
As someone who doesn’t eat red meat, it was great to see such a selection of mains on the menu, from pizzas and super green salads to fresh fish dishes and vegan burgers, meaning for once I wasn’t restricted.
I opted for Hake on the Plancha. Served with a powerful anchoiade on crostini and grilled hispi cabbage and shallots, the soft flavour of the hake wasn’t swamped by anchovy toast, but ideally accompanied. Opting for a side of Miso Aubergine was honestly the highlight of the meal for me, the texture of the aubergine was complimented so well by the ginger and garlic flavours, topped with the nuttiness of the sesame seeds.
Next up, 10oz British Sirloin Steak and Fries served with watercress and grilled field mushrooms. My boyfriend opted for the additional truffle butter on the medium-rare steak, however expecting a creamy sauce, he was surprised that at first glance it looked like the truffle butter had been missed.
Our waitress explained the steak is grilled with the truffle butter on top, letting the flavours to saturate the steak, allowing for a taste sensation… and that it was!
It added a new level of flavour to the dish.
A Sweet Conclusion
I’m sure there’s an endless love affair between a girl and her pudding, we always seem to find that extra room for something sweet, don’t we? Presented with the pudding menu, we pondered over the options for a good 10 minutes, finding it difficult to pick between the dishes available.
Finally we decided on the Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Warm Chocolate and Cashew Brownie.
Served with crushed honeycomb, vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce, the sticky toffee pudding was nothing short of a masterpiece.
The crushed honeycomb made the dish and was worth every calorie and the warm chocolate brownie was smooth, velvety and rich, softened by the creaminess of the vanilla ice cream.
An All Round Pleasure
Coppa Club provided a wonderful cosy evening escape from the outside, with flavoursome food and a cocktail list to keep you occupied more than once, we’ve been left wanting more. With the launch of a new Spring / Summer menu on the horizon, we’re already finding an excuse to come back.