Friday, 23 June 2017

Review: Coppi Restaurant, Belfast

This post is going up much later (i.e. a month later) than I wanted it to be, but ah well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

The week before my birthday (which nearly a month ago now D:) my housemate and I went to Coppi in St Anne’s Square for dinner. I was super looking forward to it, as I’d wanted to go for ages. 

We had a table booked for 8pm, and when we tried to move it to an earlier time we were told we couldn’t, as they were too busy and didn’t have availability. Fair enough. So we turned up a little before 8 and were seated pretty much immediately. And the restaurant was packed - so if you go, definitely book in advance!

Clockwise from left: Candy Apple Cocktail,  bocconcini arancini and pork and fennel sausages, feta fritters and duck ravioli fritters

My housemate ordered a Candy Apple cocktail, which I tasted (and liked). I had a Basil Grande, which was AMAZING. Like, seriously. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but decided to order it anyway because damn, when do you ever see basil on a cocktail menu? And I fucking love basil. So that’s my new favourite cocktail. FYI.

On to the food. We each picked two cichetti to start - so we had crispy duck ravioli fritters, spiced pork and fennel sausages, feta fritters with truffle honey, and Sicilian bocconcini arancini. My favourite was definitely the feta, and my least favourite probably the sausages (though I think I’m probably just not the biggest fan of fennel) but they were all great, and four were a great size to split between two people as a starter. 

For the main course, I had gnocchi alla sorrentina, and my housemate had Calabrese sausage risotto. The gnocchi were bigger than I expected, and there were fewer of them, but they were still good. The sauce was great, and the mozzarella gorgeous but I could have done with more of it (I’m of the opinion that there is no such thing as too much cheese). I tried the risotto as well and it was good as well, though I definitely preferred the gnocchi. The portion of risotto was massive though, and didn’t get finished! We both had parmesan fries with our mains. I found my fires to be a little cold, but they tasted great too.

Clockwise from top left: Basil Grande Cocktail, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, salted caramel and chocolate tart, and sausage risotto

For dessert we both ordered the salted caramel and chocolate tart, which we were informed by the waiter wasn’t going to be served with the dark chocolate ice cream, but with vanilla instead. I didn’t mind too much as I tend to prefer milk or white chocolate and love vanilla, but it would have been nice to try. The tart was nice, but not-mindblowing, and a bit heavy. Still good though!

Throughout the staff were all lovely, and there was a great atmosphere in the place - although because it was packed and the high ceilings it was very noisy.

Overall, I loved my meal and drink, and would go back in a heartbeat (I’m not joking, I’m already trying to work out when I can go back). They've recently changed the menu slightly since I went, so I already have a reason!

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