Just had a fabulous meal at Coco500. I was not a regular or fanatic of Bizou, so I had no strong feelings one way or another going in. The place was a little loud for our preference, but truly delicious. The food consisted of:
Tagliatelle with Tuna Botarga, Capers, and Cauliflower. There were also some little currants. This was our first dish and it immediately transported me to a yacht off the coast of sicily. Nearly a perfect dish.
Local Squid on Black Rice. Also an excellent dish - a nearly exact replica of one of the signature dishes of AOC in LA and perhaps even better. The rice came in a mini paella pan that was very thin, so there was a high ration of crust to rice. And the squid was super fresh.
Italian flatbread with caramelized onions. Very crispy, very sweet fro mthe onions. And big.
Sable a la plancha with cucumber sauce and tomatoes. This was deliciious as well - most of the sable/black cod/butterfish I eat is either smoked or some sort of Japanese / Miso preparation. This may be hte first time I have had a filet cooked in a Western style. I dont know why this fish is not served more often in restaurants like this.
Summer bean salad. Good mix of yellow wax, green, romano, and shell beans.
Shasta Porcini mushrooms. Nicely cooked and a very generous portion - $9 bought a giant pile of mushrooms, more than one could buy for that money at the ferry plaza market or any bay area store that happened to have porcinis.
Prices were very reasonable. The two of us stuffed ourselves, I had a Negroni to start (perfectly mixed - it is Loretta's favorite) and with tax and tip it was $70. Would go back in a heartbeat!