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Falling off the Diet - COCO 500 Review (Long)

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Falling off the Diet - COCO 500 Review (Long)

SoMaHound | Jan 17, 2006 06:10 PM

Last week I asked if a Chowhound could diet and was looking for a recommendation for a "healthy" restaurant to take my GF for our anniversary, and based on few CH Recs we decided to try out CoCo500 with the intention of being healthy. Fortunately we intentionally fell off the diet for this meal, it was well worth it. We splurged, but it was fantastic.

For our first course, we went with three small plates; the fried green beans, the seared ahi, and the CoCo Mole tacos.

The fried green beans were outstanding, crispy and salty on the outside, and perfectly done on the inside - just a tad under al dente. So good we barely touched the sauce accompanying it.

The seared ahi tasted like it should and was delicious, unfortunately, it was fairly typical and didn't really stand out.

The CoCo Mole tacos were five tortilla chips with some shredded beef in Mole sauce, very flavorful, but it actually came out a bit cold. I would order it again though.

From there we ordered our second course (again I repeat we went off our diet) the Chantrels with pancetta and the Mouclade (grilled mussels, aromatics, aioli). The Chantrels were wonderful earthy and bacony at the same time. I loved it.

The muscles again were quite good, far above average, but again they didn't wow me. It thought it strange that many of the shells were cracked; I assume this was caused by the grilling, but it was a bit bothersome to pick out little broken pieces of shell. But again I would get them again.

For our next course, we went with the Duck Confit and the Beef Cheeks. The Duck Confit was very good, very succulent and rich and not at all dried out as I've often had it. However, the Beef Cheeks were honestly one of the greatest tastes I have ever had. It appeared that the cheeks were first slowly braised until nearly falling apart then covered with some sort of delicious crust and roasted in the wood fired oven until crispy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside. Well worth breaking my diet.

Finally, after agreeing that it would by silly to all of the sudden head back on our diet we ordered desert - the Vacherin (swiss meringue, crème anglaise, bittersweet chocolate sauce, coffee ice cream, candied almonds). And it was yummy - a sort of grown up ice cream sundae.

For drinks my gf had French 75 and I had a dark and stormy, both good but a bit too sweet for our tastes. During dinner, we split a bottle of 2001 Gigondas (unfortunately, I can’t remember the winery, but it was very good).

All in all this is a fantastic restaurant, we really enjoyed ourselves and it was well worth the extra hours in the gym this week. I will be back… SOON!

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

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