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Review - Mr Cooper's

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Alex Harmon finds one more reason to avoid Max Brenner (I've taught her well)...


Occupying the confused end of Oxford Street (I never know if I want a designer dress or a German sausage) is this new wine bar. While the name suggests masculinity (or beer) inside it’s feminine with a feathery ostrich theme, bright blue chairs and dusty coloured brick.

Not a beer tap in sight. I opt for a Chili and Passionfruit Martini ($17), easy on spice and heavy on fruit – turn up the heat, I say.


The Carrot and Beetroot Salad ($13) arrives looking so glossy it could grace the cover of a magazine.


Bundles of goats’ curd have us fighting to mop it up with cute Terracotta Baked Bread ($5).


Lamb Kefta ($14) exceed expectations with a baba ganoush silkier than a Matt Preston cravat.


However Garlic Prawns ($15) were the unanimous winner, for the chunks of garlic and chorizo. Only a tapas bar in Spain would be game to serve this swimming in so much oil.


Whoever thought to serve Doughnuts ($11/4) at a bar is king (but no relation to Donut King), only to be topped by the most impressive Bittersweet Chocolate Panna Cotta ($15) this side of town.


Ironic that Mr Brenner is staring at me from across the road. Cooper, you have my vote.

Mr Cooper's
438 Oxford Street, Paddington
Ph: (02) 8084 5465

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