Date of review: January 15, 2015 | Reviewed by:
The restaurants in Sand Macao have their own dedicated elevator, which takes you to a large balcony above the gaming floor, so you can still see and hear it over the ledge. Copa is towards the end of this restaurant row, and is a medium sized restaurant with a central dining area for smaller groups, and banquettes on either side for larger tables. Stone-like tiles cover the walls, and an open kitchen is visible to most diners. With rather large furniture, the tables can seem a little packed when the restaurant is full, and the polyurethane used to cover the dining chairs has a downmarket feel.
Copa's menu goes down the classic steakhouse route with old favourites such as pan-fried crab cake, which is a little dry, although it is an entire medallion chock-full of crabmeat. The gazpacho sauce on the side is very sweet and tastes eerily similar to store-bought ketchup, so it's best to utilise the lemon wedges on the side for extra zing and moisture. For mains, the grilled wagyu beef short rib with garlic whipped potatoes is tender and flavoursome. However, it would be a better dish if the meat is allowed to rest for a longer period of time before being sliced, to prevent the delicious juices from running into the potatoes or the plate. A number of standard steak cuts are offered, using meat from the United States and Australia. For the former, however, the menu does not state what grade of beef is used. It wouldn't be a steak house if there weren't desserts like warm chocolate lava cake, Key lime pie and cheesecake, and the double decker American cheesecake served here features a baked layer at the bottom and chilled layer on top. The contrast in textures and the rich creaminess rounds off the meal nicely.
The wine list is limited and consists mainly of Portuguese bottles, with the major winemaking regions in the country covered, plus a smattering of Spanish, French and new world wines. The prices are reasonable, with some bottles even below the MOP$200 mark. There are a number of wines by the glass, although most of these are mass market wines.
While well meaning, servers can sometimes seem confused as to when to clear plates and would have moments of awkwardness such as brushing aside a napkin placed on the table when a diner has left the table temporarily.
A meal for two with a glass of wine comes to around MOP$1,200, which isn't too expensive, but we can't help but feel that it could be a little better for the price.