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Published September 8th 2019
There's no need to go to Paris for coffee and cake or breakfast and lunch when you've got the gorgeous French-inspired Copper and Cocoa in your own backyard. This very pretty and stylish patisserie cafe in North Rocks is the creation of owner/baker Amber and it's well worth a visit as you'll see below.
The minute you arrive you know you're somewhere special. Window planter boxes adorn the front of the cafe just as many a floral box in European countries do. Here they contain hydrangeas and as you walk in there's a pretty neon sign in pink on a lattice frame partially covered in greenery amongst white chairs and marble tables adorned in pink flowers. This is just the outside open area. Inside is more chic white with copper tones behind the cake counter, more plants and attractive lighting that includes a beautiful chandelier in a corner pocket.
I'm in love with the elegance of the decor. It's very inviting and immaculately clean. Inviting too are the staff and my cafe buddy and I were immediately directed to a table in the open area at the front. It was the perfect spot for the beautiful spring weather upon us.
Much more awe was to come with lunch. First, a couple of thirst quenchers; the Ruby Red Frappe and the Tropical Frappe were our choices, from a long list of beverages that includes The Grounds Roastery coffee, T2 leaf teas, juices, smoothies, shakes, Australian Brewery beer on tap, wines, cocktails and spirits.
The very refreshing Tropical Frappe with mango, pineapple & passionfruit and the Ruby Red Frappe with strawberry, watermelon and mint
Perusing the menu, it was time to decide on a main. There were some delicious sounding dishes, from a Ploughman's Lunch to Penne Boscaiola, Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid to Chilli Prawn Linguine, and a healthy Nourish Bowl.
I went with the Beef Bourguignon Pot Pie of succulent braised beef and mushrooms in a red wine sauce topped with golden pastry and sides of gravy and potato mash with minted mushy peas. It was divine in flavour and the pastry was amazing. It was definitely a winner of a dish.
My lunching companion chose the Beer Battered Fish Fillets with salad instead of chips. It was a colourful dish with the inclusion of sliced radish pieces, not something I see very often in a garden salad. I was told the fish was cooked perfectly. A nice light choice so one can fit in dessert.
Both meals were presented beautifully. They love their floral adornments here and so do I. Pansies and the like in the drinks and on the plates added that extra touch of beauty to it all and dessert was no different.
After a bit of a break and some 'catching up' chat, we wandered inside to choose some sweet items on display that were like beacons lighting our way to heaven and just begging to be eaten. As lovers of sugary treats, we narrowed our choices down to a few fine pieces of decadence to share.
We delighted in a slice of pastry with passionfruit curd and mousse, a chocolate tart topped with strawberries and a piece of cookies and cream cake. Oh my god, they were stupendously spectacular.
The cookies and cream cake was my favourite. The cake literally melted in my mouth and the cream was so good. Amber uses Italian meringue buttercream, which despite the name, is less sweet than regular buttercream.
Buttercream cakes are a specialty at Copper and Cocoa, custom-designed, along with hand-crafted desserts and artisan sweets. The cake display varies daily depending on the owner's fancy each day. Other treats at the counter during our visit included a salted caramel layered cake topped with pretzels and caramelised popcorn, a Nutella cheesecake with raspberries and buttercream, and bread and butter pudding slices adorned with nuts and Maltesers.
If you're looking for a special cake for a celebration, these can be pre-ordered by phone, dropping in or going online. The selection includes a Banana Split cake, a Chocolate Brownie Espresso cake, an Iced Vovo cake and a Red Velvet cake, amongst others. If you have something particular in mind, I'm sure Amber will assist where she can. She is very friendly and open to requests.
Having only opened in December 2018, the website is a work in progress with only the celebration cakes having been loaded online. The full menu of food and beverages with prices can be found on this Facebook link.
Sugar and spice and all things nice pretty much sums up the overall feeling I get from Copper and Cocoa. It's gone to the top of my list of favourite cafes. Make it your next indulgence, you'll be glad you did.