This Copra Restaurant Review, San Francisco is from our recent visit. The restaurant is located at 1700 Fillmore Street in San Francisco and is open for dinner nightly, except for Mondays, when it's closed. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance via Resy, since it's popular. Even with the abundant seating downstairs and additional seating upstairs, the restaurant was completely full when we concluded our early dinner about 7:30pm on a Saturday.
Copra Menu and Food
Copra's menu is conveniently divided into small plates and large plates, with a few chaat-type snacks as well under “Kadi.”
First to arrive were the chutneys with pappadoms and quinoa crisps. My husband and I enjoyed all of them, especially the quite unique wild gooseberry chutney, although the burnt chili-tamarind chutney proved far too spicy for our son.
Next to arrive was the Slow-Cooked Octopus, which our son requested. He loved this dish, and it was very good, although I thought the octopus was just a tad overcooked.
The Shrimp Vennai is noted on the menu as Chef Sri's favorite, and it was truly excellent. Even my husband, who generally doesn't care for shimp, really enjoyed it.
Our server had recommended the Rasam Poori, and while definitely refreshing, with its passion fruit and mint, it was awkward to eat since you have to pour the liquid in, which leaks a bit through the crispy poori, then try to pop the entire thing in your mouth.
At this point the MAMU (mushroom patties) with lemon raita arrived. I thought the patties could have been a bit larger for their $9 pricing, but they were very tasty.
Our favorite dish, even more than the shrimp, was the Thattukada Fried Chicken, a street food classic from Trivandrum. If you enjoy fried chicken and all things spicy, this is your dish.
At this point our son was flushed and drinking water from all the spice, so our server was kind enough to bring him some plain yogurt. We also ordered a Mysore Masala Dosa, which by itself isn't spicy at all. It was very good, but not uniquely better than the many other dosas I've had at less expensive southern Indian restaurants.
Highlights of our Copra visit were the chutney sampler, roasted shrimp, and fried chicken. It's a buzzy, somewhat loud atmosphere, perfect for guests who want a lively vibe rather than a quiet venue. My husband and I would happily return to try more of the large plates, but we might not bring our son, since some of the dishes proved too spicy for him: Copra is for guests who can handle a fair amount of spice and heat.
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