Juhu's newest bargain bar has spacious interiors, molecular cocktails and fusion food
We’re all for budget bars cropping up in quaint lanes across the city, some of Juhu’s best bars are housed in five-star hotels and the only bars that come closest to Copa in terms of pricing are Rude Lounge opposite PVR Cinemas in Dynamix Mall and OnToes on JVPD Scheme. We went in expecting just another WTF!-style budget bar with identical recycled wood interiors and cheap drinks and eats, but left with mixed reviews of the fusion food, molecular cocktails and mismatched interiors.
The good stuff
Copa trumps both Rude Lounge and On Toes on grounds of ambience—it has a roomy air-conditioned section and a cool, green alfresco section with swing sets and park benches. The best part is that both sections have their own bars, so chilled lager or a fun cocktail is always close. While the inside section blared commercial dance tunes, the playlist in the outside section was made up of not-too-loud, relaxed pop hits.
Bar snacks include the safe Nachos on Molten Cheese with Salsa and Crunchy Fries on Spanish Paprika Sauce, the interesting Old Monk & Coke Glazed Chilli Chicken and Absolut Citron & Kalimiri Chicken and the strange Panko Crusted Kheema Pao and Red Onions & Malgapudi Spiced Prawns.
The drinks menu is almost as extensive as the food menu with some unusual offerings like the Watermelon Mary and the Red Velvet Martini and some plain gross combinations like the Jaljeera Italiano (we didn’t dare to get this one). We did try to order the Cotton Candy Cocktail, a molecular concoction made with bubble-gum-flavoured sour mix and candy floss, but since it wasn’t available we settled for the Cucumber Thirst, a cool, sweet-sour mix of cucumber, basil and ginger with white rum. In the spirit of good research, we even got the Tongue & Cheek, a too-sweet gin and strawberry syrup cocktail.
Of the four starters we ordered, we only really enjoyed the Absolut Citron & Kalimiri Chicken. Our Samosa Sliders were more bread and cheese than samosa, we prefer the samosa pao better served at any street-side stall. The Copa Pizza Pops were doused in too salty and too spicy tomato sauce and hey, we probably can’t blame anyone for ordering the Panko Crusted Kheema Pao, a deep-fried abomination of soggy bread and stale kheema.
Cocktails from ₹ 275 for classics, ₹ 295 for house specials, ₹ 475 for molecular drinks, ₹ 395 for tiki cocktails and from ₹ 1,400 for pitchers. Beers start at ₹ 165 for a Kingfisher pint. Starters, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and burgers are priced between ₹ 120 and ₹ 240. Taxes and service charge not included in these prices.
Copa, Anna building, 13th Road, opposite Juhu Gymkhana, near Natural Ice cream, Juhu (26708383), Mumbai.
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