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Recent COCO500 report (long)

A Amore | Jan 29, 200608:29 AM

Went last night with my wife, on arrival the hostess was very nice and we were promptly seated. We brought a bottle of red from our cellar which our waiter opened promptly to let it open up - offered a glass to our waiter since he seemed interested (no corkage was charged). The restaurant was very very loud - as loud as any restaurant I've been to in years. We spent much of the evening repeating ourselves in order to have a resonable conversation.

Sat down and each had a cocktail - me the COCO500 (thai basil, kaffir lime vodka, fresh lime) my wife the little red dress (meyer lemon, blood orange, citrus vodka (I think), and rose sparking wine) Both cocktails were great - interesting and not overly sweet. With our cocktails we had the fried green beans (very very good - could have used a dash more salt) and the COCOmole "taco" (tasty but not great mole - did not have the depth of flavor great mole should have).

We split the brussel sprouts - nice tender leaves with ham, pine nuts, and a better than usual goat cheese. The dish was good, but was more like a casserol as the brussel sprouts were lost with all the tasty but strong flavors.

We then split the pea tendrils, mussels, and beef cheeks. The pea tendrils seamed stir fried with whole garlic cloves (not compelling but a reasonable side dish). The mussels were very very good - at least 2 dozen small mussels in a wonderful aromatic broth dabbed with aioli. When the mussels were gone - the toast soaked up the broth which I could have (but didn't) eaten with a spoon. The beef cheeks were breaded (surprising since it was from the wood oven) into one large mound with arugula and horseradish cream and had the consistency and flavor that was very corned beef-like - dissapointing as I was expecting something very different and not the fault of the restaurant.

We finshed with the vacherin (swiss meringue, crème anglaise, bittersweet chocolate sauce, coffee ice cream, candied almonds) - a fancy ice cream sundae - and two espressos.

Although looking back nothing was spectacular, we had a very nice evening - enjoyed and the food and beverages and liked the style of the dacor. I would not strongly recommend this restaurant, but it was a nice way to spend the evening.

Cost after tax and tip - $113.

Link: http://www.coco500.com/index.html

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