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COCO500 report

brian j | Feb 3, 2006 12:32 PM

Finally got back to coco500 for a full meal last night. Previously we had only made it there for a light bite and drinks.

We had a reservation for 8:45 and we're seating pretty close to on time. The restaurant was packed when we arrived.

Dupont Saison: We started off with a few of these fine belgian beers. One of my favorites, and it's a bit hard to find, so I'm always happy to sip on one of these fine bevies.

Fried Green Bean: Had to try these since everyone seems to consistently rave about these. To be honest, I didn't think they were so amazing. They were tastey, but extremely greasy. I would not order again.

Marinated Olives: Olives are always good. These were a tasty treat.

COCOmole "tacos": This is the only thing that I had had previously. Still think this is the best bargain on the menu. The beef was shreddy and chocolicious, served atop tortilla chips with a dab of green avocado-cilantro sauce.

Soup: Today's soup was a white bean, ham and swiss chard. I only tasted this. It was ok. Just a basic soup. Not extremely flavorful.

Truffled flatbread: This was phenomenal. The flatbread was super thin and crispy, with little carmelized nuggets of cauliflower. The truffle oil added a wonderful depth and flavor to this dish.

Octopus: Thin-sliced octopus was tender and flavorfully accompanied by bits of olive and celery, and sided with a very smooth meyer lemon aioli.

Broccoli Rabe and Mozerella pizza: Crispy-chewy crust with leafy broccoli and plenty of mozerella. Was also listed as containing chili flakes, but seemed to be lacking. This was easily remedied by asking our server for some.

Papparedelle: Ribbons of pasta with braised pork, swiss chard, and diced tomato. A simple homey dish with tender pork. This dish was good, but not great. Overall the flavor of this dish just seemed a bit flat. Might have just needed some salt which there was none of on the table and I didn't think to ask for.

Dry-aged Ribeye: Ordered medium rare and served with arugula, this steak was perfectly cooked and the red wine sauce complimented it wonderfully.

Unfortunately we were too full for desert, so nothing to report there. Overall the service was good. The food was mostly really good, and the decor and atmosphere is funky and modern.

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