I had dinner at Coco Coqueto on St. Laurent last night. I enjoyed the decor of the restaurant, it was vibrant and welcoming.
While we waited for a friend to show up, we were served fried tortilas and a spicy, slightly citrusy sauce. It was like brunoised salsa without the tomatoes. I tried the Poulet Tinga from the table d'hote menu on the recommendation of our server. It came with a lentil soup that was well flavoured, fresh tasting with the addition of coriander. I liked the fact that it wasn't really thick but still had body to it. The Poulet Tinga was very good. It is a shredded chicken in a spicy tomato sauce. Served alongside was rice, beans, fried plantain, and salad. The portion was just right. I like the combination of the all the flavours together. The fried plantain was not overly ripe so it still maintained its shape, but was sweet, perfect!
For dessert I had a coconut flan with vanilla ice cream. The portion was not overwhelming which was nice since I was pretty much full. The flan had a firm texture and subtle coconut flavours. Nothing was overpowering.
While the service was welcoming, friendly and very helpful, they were not very attentive. While I had no problems being served, they forgot the orders of my friends.
We also tried the Yucca fries which were cut thick, fried and salted, served with the same sauce as the tortillas. They were excellent. Crisp on the outside but still starchy on the inside. Both my friends ordered the arepa, once again on our servers recommendation. They were fantastic. Arepa is a corn pancake that reminded me a lot of pan fried polenta. Served on top was the same poulet tinga that I had with my meal and avocados. The same side dishes were served with the arepa.
Prices were very reasonable, table d'hote including soup and dessert was no more than 17.95. Between the three of us, including tax and tip was $50. I really enjoyed the food and the warmth of the owners. I'd recommend trying Coco Coqueto but just be weary if your food isn't coming too quick enough. :)