A group of us went to the recently opened Coquina on A Street. We had a sufficient enough group to experience many of the things on the menu. The lasting impression of this restaurant after a week's reflection is how little you got for your money. The serving sizes were incredibly small. One of our friends split the lasagna with his wife. When he got the plate he assumed they had split it for him. Oops, not true. The extra plate came for his use in splitting the 8.5 oz serving. Yes, they told us it was 8.5 ounces. I had the gnocchi. For $18 I got approximately 12 of the little morsels. They were good, but for $18 I expected more than a bland tomato sauce and the gnocchi. Nothing else on the plate. My SO had the scallops. The three or four on her plate were good, but again, the portion was small. The price of $22-24 seemed steep. The wine list wasn't particularly good, and again, priced on the aggressive side.
I would have preferred we get a new restaurant that isn't trying to be a Peerless or Amuse clone. There is a real need in Ashland to have a reasonably price, good quality, unpretentious restaurant. Loft and Lela's come to mind, but they aren't quite there.
If the rule of thumb for restaurants is 1/3 of the revenue should go to cost of ingredients, Coquina doesn't come close. I'd say 20% at most.
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