Copo Cafe & Diner is a favourite spot among Drummoyne locals for breakfast, brunch, lunch, the fourth most important meal of the day, dinner, and the simple joys of a properly brewed coffee. With its Victoria Road premises reliably open seven days a week from 7am during the week and the very reasonable hour of 8am on the weekend, Copo relies on trusted suppliers to keep their ample larder sustained. Plus, with such early-bird hours, Copo is popular among Sydney’s morning joggers as a great spot to grab a bite after clocking the Bay Run. It’s not all sweat and kale smoothies here, though: when Copo blossoms into a restaurant and wine bar serving dinner and drinks Thursday to Saturday you’ll need to book for elbow space.
A note on Copo Cafe & Diner’s commitment to good Sydney suppliers, who help Copo pass only quality down to customers in the form of perfect coffee, distinctive tea, hale and hearty loaves, awfully fresh drinks and so on. The coffee is by Campos, the tea by Ovvio Organic Teas, the bread by Brickfields Bakery, the dry goods are supplied by Essential Ingredient and Spiral Food, and the refreshing beverages are from Soul Fresh Organic Drinks. Now that we’ve dispensed with the respect list, we can pay our respects properly to this beloved neighbourhood cafe and restaurant down Drummoyne’s Victoria Road. Housed in a light and airy space, Copo is a perfect local bistro found, as we mentioned near the Iron Cove bridge beginnings of the popular Bay Run track. For health nuts and the simply just awake and hungry, Copo is ideal for breakfast, with an incredibly long and refined menu tempting appetites with everything from rustic Brickfields sourdough toast to superfood mueslis, South American beans and chorizo, Turkish or Moroccan baked eggs, hotcakes, BLATs and much more besides. Plus sides.
When lunchtime rolls around in Drummoyne, Copo Cafe & Diner extends its already impressive offering even further, and patrons can be spotted sampling a glass or two from Copo’s wine bar with their midday and early afternoon meal. Traversing Spanish tapas, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Latin American and North African cuisines with peerless aplomb, when Copo flexes its gourmet muscles it’s in the service of real culinary quality rather than mere indecisiveness on behalf of the executive chef. Dinner at Copo’s inviting premises bears this out, narrowing the focus slightly to take aim at the Spanish-Galician, Hispanic and Mediterranean cuisines that are this rather unique Sydney bistro’s secret weapons. Petisco, or, roughly, tidbits, include kingfish ceviche and Brazilian pao de queijo; there are platters of Serrano jamon and Spanish cured beef for the table, plus fresh pesce and hearty carne dishes like the grilled lamb backstrap with smashed Moroccan eggplant. Copo is full or surprises, unless you’re a regular; if you’re not, book a table now and become one.