Now, this review is for two of my visits. The first one was a huge; family gathering to celebrate my sisters birthday and that includes two 2 and 3 year old kids engaged in turf wars at the premises, both my loving nieces. I will come back to the second one later.
So with prior reservations we arrived first at the venue. Parking was smooth (they have their own well-guarded parking area). As we entered, we noticed a lovely outdoor seating (sheltered) and a nice bakery. Stewards are dressed in really cool Hawaiian shirts. As you venture inside, you also notice that there is a flight of stairs which lead to an upper hall where one can have private celebrations for friends and family. Next to this is an air conditioned seating area. The restaurant is very spacious and they put on some nice soothing music all the time. Further inside is the real surprise, a lovely open area seating. There are candle lit tables for couples and also for those who do not find tables :)! However, this is on the pathway and some may find the thoroughfare a little irksome. Then there are lovely tables for 6 odd people. Chat away to glory. On the periphery, you have these canopy type low seating. Can get a bit nippy in the winters for sure. Take a pick. The restaurant is usually bustling with guests so it would wise to make a prior reservation.
And now my personal favourite, their bar area. Oh, the Hawaiian feeling was so in the air with the resplendent lighting and beautiful decor here, of course with an Indian touch to it :). Ok, no more wisecracks. Only thing missing was the sea! Always wanted to sit on the bar stool and order a nice cocktail and sip away to glory.
Since we were quite a few in no, we settled for the outer sheltered seating area and sat comfortably. Their menu is exhaustive and a delight to go through. And so it began, mega family dinner :), lots of snaps in various configurations, kids on lap, wailing kid on lap, kids being cootchi cooed, me left etc. Of course never intending to be loud / disturbing co-diners. But the chaps were a big sport and it was real fun.
Coming back to the point, we ordered in piri prawns, honey chili corn potato and herb spiced cottage cheese for starters. Way too good. They also had an offer of buy one get one free on the beer. A few beers, cocktails and some merriment later we ordered for the main course which was an assortment with three treasure vegetables Hunan style with rice , enchilada , a classic Mexicana sizzler , baked pasta, Thai green curry/ rice in vegetarian and a carne sizzler, hunter cube chicken sizzler in non-vegetarian. One of the elders in the family wanted his sizzler made as per his requirement and the chef was kind enough to do just that.
I tasted everything because I was one of the youngest and hence was given the usual "Oh, I am sure you can help me out beta"! Of all the good things served on our table (loved each one of them), I really liked the sizzlers, ample in quantity and made very well. Personal favourite: Mexicana..the smell and taste of burnt rice is just too alluring (do not know how to describe it, but this is how it was). Take a pick from anything in the menu, I am sure you will love it.
All in all that was a wonderful evening with family. The kids loved it as well. Lot of open space and greenery to run around and have loads of fun and frolic. We, very heartily tipped generously as well.
The second visit was a quiet evening with wifey. We had sizzlers and loved it to the hilt. A nice candle lit table was a bonus.
Will definitely be looking forward to visiting Copa Cabana again. Cheers.