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Coconut Bay, Burlingame

Melanie Wong | Aug 13, 2004 02:27 AM

Recently six of us met at Coconut Bay for our monthly night out. While my friends enjoyed the Americanized Thai food, I found most of it dismal. Spicy seafood combo had tough prawns and mussels that reeked of being well past prime, clumsily hacked Tangy vegetables were swimming in fluorescent red sickly sweet and sour sauce, the tofu in Sweet basil bean curd was old and sour, Coconut rice was mushy, and Sweet sticky rice with mango was overly compacted with gummy grains and dried out and hard around the edges. Yet, I’m posting because in case one is ever forced to eat here, the above tells you what to avoid.

There were three things that might have some potential. The Roti with curry sauce was average but at least it was edible. The Grilled pork chop had a tasty black pepper and garlicky marinade and could have been good if it hadn’t been cooked to death. The one shining light was the Dancing Prawns . . . hard to believe that this could come from the same kitchen. Giant prawns were marinated with spices, split and filled with delicious forcemeat of chicken and crab, then skewered and grilled until just barely done and not dried out. The zesty lemon dipping sauce added a complementary bright note.

Coconut Bay
1300 Howard Ave.
Burlingame
650-558-8268

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