Copper Leaf Restaurant Review | *AD – Gifted

As a self-confessed greedy guts foodie, going to new restaurants is definitely one of my favourite things to do. Especially in London, because those restaurants are the ones that I will note down for special occasions or date nights, because there’s nothing worse than trying out a new restaurant for a special occasion and it not living up to expectations (can’t decide if bad food or bad service is worse, but I do know that both is a fucking nightmare).

Luckily, I experienced neither at my recent visit to the Copper Leaf Restaurant in Hampton Wick.

The location of the restaurant is ideal, it’s super close to Kingston’s shopping centre the Bentall Centre, which is across the road via Kingston Bridge, so it’s perfect for a post-shopping dinner and drinks with the girls.

One of my favourite things about the establishment was the interior design; it really was a beautifully designed restaurant, the furniture is wooden and the whole vibe is super sleek but not overly fancy. The bathroom was all white and really cool (I feel like you can always tell how nice a restaurant is by the quality of the loos!).

Now, onto the most important part: THE FOOD!

Having read the menu beforehand (will always 100% have decided what to eat before going to a restaurant thanks to online PDF menus), I was slightly confused as to what kind of cuisine the restaurant served. However, having tried about 7 of their mixed-cuisine tapas dishes, I have decided that they are world fusion (might have made that up…).

*Please note that all of the below prices are from the tapas menu, some of the dishes are available as main menu dishes and therefore will be priced accordingly.

Manchego cheese croquettes, caramelised onions, pickled walnuts. £4.50.

My favourite dish of the whole menu, absolutely delicious!!!
Braised pork shoulder, apple compote. £6.50
Padron peppers, chilli salt. £3.95
Spiced lamb, mint yogurt, curry emulsion. £5.95
Patas bravas, spiced tomato sauce. £4.50
Serrano ham croquettes, smoked paprika aioli. £5.50
Salted cod fritters, lemon and saffron aioli. £4.95

All of the dishes were delicious, as mentioned above, my favourite was definitely the manchego cheese croquettes because they were so crispy and all of the elements worked really well together.

My only criticism of the whole evening was the long wait before the main meal and the dessert, which was almost 20 minutes! As a result, I forgot to take pictures of the desserts, but we enjoyed the grilled pineapple with coconut sorbet and the lavender and white chocolate pannacotta.

The restaurant also boasts a large array of gin and tonic, with the gin menu consisting of 5 pages of delicious-looking concoctions! I ended up drinking a prosecco (majorly messed up there!), but I will definitely be taking advantage of their gins next time I visit!

I cannot wait to return to this restaurant, it is definitely the kind of place that I would book for a date night or a catch up with a friend.

Have you ever visited Copper Leaf? Which dish would you order?

*My meal at Copper Leaf was kindly gifted, but as always, all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more info

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