A friend has always told me to go and try Cobre because I would not be disappointed. He was right! From the moment I walked in, I knew this restaurant (as well as the rest of new Gastown) will be successful. Cobre is gorgeous.
When I asked for my table, I thought, "Wow, this place is really small". That was until I was guided to the second floor. I love the open kitchen concept, but you do get a better view of it from upstairs. You can see everything from meal preparation, to dishwashing, to empanada stuffing.
We shared 4 plates between the 4 of us:
-Eggplant chevre empanada: good crust, but filling was a little bland.
-Whitefish Taco: yummy, perfect crisp with nice contrasting pickled greens
-Shortribs: good, especially the yam chips, but a little too sweet
-Sablefish: Delicious and perfect flavor
The service was spectacular! We were so caught up in our conversation that the server had to come up multiple times to ask for our orders, but she never once looked frustrated and was very gracious about it. The tacos came with three, and since there were 4 of us, she asked the chef to add another one in so we each got one. Waters were refilled throughout the dinner. A+ service.
We split the bill between us 4 - I paid $31 including tip. A little expensive for the amount of food, but it was worth it.
This place is great for small groups as the noise can make it difficult to hear conversations of larger groups. The only thing I did not llike, however, was the placement of tables. Very awkward when you're rubbing shoulders with strangers sitting beside you.
As another reviewer mentioned, they had a separate sheet with Latino lingo in fine print. It's a lot to take in, so my advice would be to study the menu and lingo online before going.
Would definitely return to try their papusas and their Chilean Chupe.