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Beverly Hills: Coupa Cafe

419 North Canon Dr. , Phone: 310.385.0420
www.coupacafe.com

Reviewed by: Wendy and Rob from CA, review #3774

When: 2011

Our first visit was lunch al fresco and the second was for a Sunday brunch. Wonderful combinations and taste-bud awakening flavors are a few of my memories.

Directions: West side, 1/2 way down the first block south of Little Santa Monica on Canon Drive. Just doors south of the public parking lot, which offers 2 ours free.

We have had two daytime meals here in 2011. Our first visit was for a wonderful lunch al fresco, though we did need the heaters and the second visit was for a Sunday brunch. Taste-bud awakening flavors and wonderful combinations.

On Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills, in the middle of the first block south of Little Santa Monica, just a couple of steps from the underground parking lot - 2 hours free - you will find this Venezuelan restaurant. It has been in this location for several years, but we only discovered it at the end of 2010.

There is outside covered seating, the service is friendly and they will move heaters wherever you need them and create tables for whatever size group you happen-to-be. They have a fun inside with a fireplace in the back and tables for many. The space is bright and welcoming, comfortable and though it is longer and fairly narrow the light is bright, the colors on the walls bright and a space where you want to be.

On both visits, Rob ordered the ‘Criollo’ - perico (a popular Venezuelan and Colombian dish based on scrambled eggs and various vegetables), black beans, sweet fried plantains, plain arepa (white cornmeal griddle delight), and grilled queso paisa (cheese) ($13)

And both times he ate every bite, well he shared the plantains, which were sweet and delicious.

The last time, I ordered the Breakfast Arepa - which was scrambled eggs, gouda, bacon stuffed into the white cornmeal pocket, it came with a very generous portion of fresh fruit salad. ($10)

I felt it needed a bit more of a punch, and if I order it again, I will ask for their house sauce. It was a generous portion and I did not finish, either times.

The first time we ate there I ordered the Perico which was the scrambled eggs, sauteed tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers with an arepa on the side with the fruit. ($11)

Between the two I think I probably like the Perico, I prefer to eat the Arepa separately.

The third person in our group, both times, ordered waffles ($8) on the first visit and the frittata ($11) on the second. She found both more than satisfying. With the waffles she had extra portions of syrup.

The coffee is wonderful, the service - as I said - is friendly and on-top-of-it, and the food is definitely worth going back for time and again. I would like to try it for dinner sometime.

I recommend this as a fairly easy place to be. On Sundays you might want to make a reservation if you want to eat outside. We had not and were lucky to be early enough to get a table, I noticed there were a lot of tables reserved.

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