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CoCo500 report

JohnnyontheSpot | Jul 5, 2006 11:28 PM

Yesterday I finally got to check out CoCo500 and despite varying reports I found the food to be excellent, but the service was a big drawback.

Upon arriving we were promptly seated, our waiter came to take our drink orders and we perused the menu (even though we already knew exactly what we were going to order).

to start we ordered the coco500 cocktail and another drink whos name currently escapes me but it's orgins are in brazil. Both Cocktails were quite good and I really found the Coco500 to be one of the most interesting cocktails I have had, I was expecting something like a mojito but was pleasently surprised that it tasted nothing like it. The brazilian cocktail was good too but remind me of a margherita.

We then ordered both the fried greenbeans and the CoCoMole tacos.
My dining partners were not fans of beefcheek so I negleted to tell them it was made with beef cheek and surprise surprise they loved it! The fried Green beans were perfect and has a nice crispy crust to counterpoint the sweet bean inside.. Excellent!

For a salad we all shared the rocket and mizuna salad, Wow, I loved all the diffrent flavors in everybite, The melon, rocket walnuts, blue cheese and proscutto all came together in a fabulous way.

We also had an order of the soup of the day which was a corn potato puree... good,,, but boring too.
Then we had the pea ravioli, quite good but also a little boring.

For our mains, we all shared the halibut with kumquat salsa and endive, the truffled squash blossom flatbread and the beef cheek.
Excellent all around, really interesting flavors.
The halibut was perfectly cooked and went very well with almost marmaladelike texture of the kumquat salsa.
The flatbread was to die for.. all there is to say. Order it!
And the star had to be the beefcheek, rich,tender, meaty, conforting. I loved this. the horseradish sauce was a very nice compliment to the dish but I felt like the watercress salad was too woody if you know what i mean... to many large stalks, I would have preferred the watercress to have been a bit younger or better manicured.

Dessert was a mixed bag.. we ordered the Vacherin,, AWESOME.. simple... gorgous.
we also had the peach and blackberry shortcake which was a big letdown.. the peaches were tough and the shortcake was very tough.. I expected something more pillowey than what we recieved and it was not finished by the three people we had eating.

So food gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up,
now service, completley diffrent story...

The server was very short with us, and he wasn't even very busy.
We recieved our cocktail halfway through our meal, I really wanted to enjoy my cocktail while I waited for my food. Also.. all of our food entrees and apps, salad soup, came out withing 5 minutes of each other.. Personally I like to have a certain progression to my meals and I order accordingly to suit that. I didn't appreciate bieng presented with all my food at the same time, and I certainly hope this isn't normal practice for this restaurant because that would be a shame.

Also with dessert we oordered a glass of Icewine... very good and interesting.. maybe a bit too cloying but that isn't necessarily a bad thing when your talking about a dessert wine.

Overall I would say I enjoyed the experiance at Coco500 and will go back, I just sincerely hope they work on the service.

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