Smoking Goblets! A Fantastic Beasts Themed Feast At Copper
Sans the gift of gab, the Sorting Hat is a silly, floppy thing that a server sheepishly tugs over my eyes. “This determines if you’re a muggle or a wizard,” he beams, to which I mouth a lugubrious “O.” From involuntary Secret Santa assignments to undesirable bank statements (revealing the dregs of my account post-Christmas), little slips of paper have been bearers of bad news in my life as of late.
Someone must have spiked my midday coffee with a few drops of Felix Felicis, however, for seconds later, I stride into the dining room triumphantly, twirling a brand new wand.
*Non-Mag or not, everyone receives equal treatment at the table.
...if you have yet to see the film or read the book. A compendium of magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was penned by JK Rowling under the nom de plume of Newt Scamander in 2001. Two film adaptations followed in 2016 and 2018, forming the basis of this themed degustation dinner at Copper.
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‘Incapable’ best characterises Chai Chun Boon and Zeehan Zahari... Incapable of producing an uninteresting meal, that is. The five-course dinner delivered by the husband-wife team is full of "aha!" moments as Potterheads revel in allusions to The Wizarding World, but remains delicious regardless of references.
Straddling the line between chawanmushi and panna cotta, a sweet-savoury custard is set aflame before our eyes. Cold follows heat by way of the seared Kappa (bluefin tuna under the guise of water demon) served with crystalised greens. But tonight’s watershed moment is the arrival of the Fallen Raven (black Silkie chicken). It’s easy to be horror-struck by the soot-black bird until the poultry passes your lips. A dollop of blue cheese sauce (so strong it makes my lips curl—in a good way) is served on the side for those who may want it or not.
While I would gladly pay for a pint or a glass of Pinot to augment tonight’s ‘magick,’ the mocktails or #drinksbyzee completely put ABV in the back of my mind. Moving from a wispy glass of Dumbledore’s Nebulous Mist to a treacly serving of Butterbeer, each pairing gains viscosity, mirroring a wine or whisky progression done right.
‘Incapable’ best characterises Chai Chun Boon and Zeehan Zahari... Incapable of producing an uninteresting meal, that is.
Mentioning that one of the desserts glows-in-the-dark might seem like a cheap shot for effect, but here’s the thing: one of the desserts actually glows-in-the-dark — though not for long, as the Acid Pop disappears down my gullet before anyone can say “Dumbledore"!
Our expectations were based in the enculturation of the Harry Potter universe, and Copper delivered while successfully skirting ‘tacky.’ Not to be hyperbolic, but the evening was nothing short of magical — a delightful divertissement from daily life.
Follow Copper’s social media channels closely for news of their themed-dinners in 2019. "We are considering several options (see below), but nothing is set in stone," teases Chef Chai.
- Star Wars
- Lord of The Rings
- Game of Thrones
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle
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