Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Dining experience at Copper Leaf, Hampton Wick



A short distance from Kingston-upon-Thames in Hampton Wick, Copper Leaf is a gin bar and restaurant with an extensive list of over 60 gins. It serves modern European cuisine with a fusion of many flavours.


The restaurant is tastefully decorated and offers an ala carte menu as well as a tapas menu. For the gin lovers the restaurant also offers a six-course gin pairing menu. 




Gin is the USP of the restaurant and it is the perfect place to enjoy food with a choice of 60 different gins from their bar.


I visited copper leaf with two friends, Manjiri from travelsfortaste and Heidi from kitchentalkandtravels. I am a teetotaller and also a vegetarian but to my amazement I had the most wonderful dining experience at Copper Leaf.

 My friends enjoyed the Gin of the week cocktail, which was Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin, served with Fever-Tree Light Tonic, orange zest, chocolate bitters and hand carved ice made by mixologist Hannah.





Since I don't drink Hannah made me their their signature mocktails, the Lychee Rose and the Tropical Crush.





Both were beautifully presented and tasted amazing although, I really enjoyed the Lychee Rose which was very unique in flavour.

For dinner we chose to sample the Tapas menu rather than the a la carte menu, this was a good decision as it really was exquisite. Each dish was lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. My friends tucked into various meat dishes, and were totally wowed by them.


Being a vegetarian I chose the vegetarian options:

The Tempura Asparagus served with lime Aioli  and poached egg was really crispy and delicious. I chose not to have the poached egg with it.



The Manchego cheese croquettes, were crispy filled balls of oozing cheese served with caramelised onions and pickled walnuts. What a tantalising match of flavours this was.


My palate was craving Indian flavours and I was pleasantly surprised with the little bowl of rice with spiced chickpeas with pomegranate, potato, tamarind and chilli sauce arrived. The flavours and textures were well balanced.


Lastly I tried the pan fried green beans, sundried tomato, roasted garlic and pine nuts. The beans were al dente and perfectly cooked. 


Accompanying this I also had the Batata Bravas, in comparison to the other dishes these were not as exciting in presentation but still were very tasty.


The chef also offered us the paella option, but we declined it as at this stage we were really full and would have not done justice to it wholeheartedly.

Finally when my palate was dancing with a flavour explosion and stomach was screaming no more, I was enticed with the dessert menu. Now a girl can never say no to dessert!!


We had Grilled pineapple, rum infused cherries, fresh mint and coconut sorbet featured above.
My friends Heidi had the Peanut butter cheesecake, candied peanuts, miso caramel served with ice cream.


 The final  most watering dessert was lavender and white chocolate panna cotta, macerated strawberries and ginger crumble. It was so pretty like art on a plate.


The evening was wonderful, we had lovely food and the ambience was great too. We finally finished the meal with Negroni with tea cocktail.




I was a guest at Copper Leaf, all opinions shared are of my own experience. I will certainly be visiting Copper Leaf again with my family.

I enjoy eating out and always try to find restaurants that offer good vegetarian choice. You may like to read about my visit to Chakra and Ritorno for inspiration As both restaurants offer a varied vegetarian menu.

17 comments:

  1. I love the look of your mocktail, as although I do drink, I am not a huge fan of gin. I must admit the food looks exquisite. I bet the lavender and white chocolate pannacota was a scrumptious end to a meal.

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    1. All the food and drinks were amazing. Definitely worth the visit.

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  2. It all looks delicious but I especially like the sound of the Manchego cheese croquettes. Glad you had a good time. Mich x

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    1. The croquettes were delicious, especially the dressing on them.

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  3. Sounds like an amazing dining experience, the food all looks incredible.

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    1. Each and every dish was beautifully presented and tasted great.

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  4. Rhian Westbury16 July 2019 at 21:26

    I love the sound of that peanut butter cheesecake! The food all looks delicious, sounds like a fab dining experience.

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  5. I've never been to a gin bar. I don't drink gin but imagine with a menu like this with so many offering I'd still have a good time too. The Manchego cheese croquettes sound tasty.

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    1. I don't drink either, but the mocktails were amazing as was the food.

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  6. Everything looks so delicious and well presented. The cute little glass kettle caught my attention..

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    1. The Negroni tea cocktail was rather unusual.

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  7. Food looks delicious and love the way they have served it

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  8. That food all has my mouth watering. It looks and sounds like a great dining experience.

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  9. The Tapas looks and sounds like it was so tasty! Those desserts looked absolutely beautiful too.

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  10. A gun lovers delight with 60 different ones available... Wow!

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  11. 60 kinds of gin, now that's one place I'd be really happy. After wine my preferred drink is gin. Awesome review Nayna and its enlightening to know that so many restaurants in UK are able to offer quite a few dishes that are vegetarian.

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