|Cuisine Type |||Latin American, Mexican|
|Ambiance |||In Places, Sexy|
|Meals Served |||Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Great Wine List|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Waterfront station|
|Cross Street |||Carrall Street|
|Daily from 5PM - late|
Profile Last Updated: April 30, 2008
“Cobre” means copper in Spanish and warm coppery tones are present throughout the restaurant. Exposed brick, wood beams, hardwood and slate floors and dim lighting add to the welcoming ambiance. The unique interior of the restaurant is split into three open levels. You enter into the bar, where you can pull up a stool at the sleek, black curved bar and catch the action behind the bar and in the kitchen, which is visible though a large open window. The middle level is the main dining room, where wood tables sit close to each other, creating a lively and social vibe. And the top level serves as the lounge with black leather chairs and ottomans and low tables with candles.
Cobre is authentic right down to the physical menu, which is written in Spanish. Luckily, diners are also provided with a “Latin lingo” cheat sheet. The dishes are a melody of Brazilian, Mexican, Argentinean and Cuban fare. The menu, which changes seasonally, is divided into soups, ceviches, papusa, tacos and tapas. Cobre is a great place to go for sensational small plates — perfect for sharing. The clever dishes are flavoured with traditional spices and local ingredients whenever possible. The chefs put their own spin on the classics and the result is fantastic, funky fusion!
Latin people are known for their love of partying, so it’s fitting that Cobre has an extensive drinks menu. The wine list is impressive, with about two-dozen choices of reds and just over a dozen whites. The bottles come from a variety of regions with a strong nod to Argentina and Chile. The cocktail list is also one of the best of the city and one of the owners was even voted best bartender in the city. All the classics are there, with the mojito shining through as a sure-to-please choice. There are also drinks you’ve likely never heard of, and many of the inventive bevies are even named after bartenders at competing establishments!