Coco Sala is fast becoming one of the more popular restaurants in D.C. and after eating there I can see why. The place is located in Chinatown which seems to the newest place for hot restaurants and nightclubs. Coco Sala brings a very interesting cuisine to the area and their desserts are phenomenal. I did an extremely detailed review on this place as I was more prepared than usual. I went to Coco Sala with my girlfriend and one of her friends which was cool as we got to try everything on their restaurant week menu.
On to the decor! I really loved the way that Coca Sala was decorated it was a combination of subtle and bright colors that was mixed beautiful. The main colors were the colors in the picture above brown, tan, light brown, and red. The restaurant had quite few different seating types as well which I thought was really interesting. They had the normal bar seating, high bar table seating, lounge seating, a food bar seat, and then regular seating. I really liked the way glass tiles are spread out throughout the restaurant it looks beautiful and provides a really beautiful back splash.
So on to the food! Since I actually got a picture of every thing we had I will describe each food item next to the picture.
This was the amuse fig croustade which had balsamic marinated figs, gruyere, rosemary scone, brown sugar brittle. It was delicious it had a lot of interesting flavors that meshed very well together. The croustade was fresh flavorful and had great texture.
I forgot to take a picture of salad. It was very fresh and the dressing was quite interesting salad which included manchego, baby arugula, caramelized walnuts, dates, apples, oranges, and a coffee vinaigrette dressing. This was very interesting all the fruit mixed well with the salad and the dressing. It really fit nicely together and 2 out of 3 of us liked this.
This was the portobello flatbread which included.portobello mushrooms, goat cheese. roasted peppers. kalamata olives, and fig marmalade. This was pretty good to me as I love flat bread and all of the ingredients. This does come into last place out of the entrees as the girls did not really like it.
This was my second favorite entree and it was the crispy Louisiana crab cake. It included crab,
avocado cilantro emulsion, and chipotle chocolate tomato glaze. This was perfectly fried it was extremely crunchy but not oily at all. The crab cake broke apart so light and fluffy that it almost melted in your mouth.
This macaroni and cheese tart was interesting and was my girlfriends favorite. It included elbow mac, cheddar, Parmesan, and fresh sage. This was pretty good and was obviously favorable by the ladies. It was almost a crunchy macaroni and cheese filled tart that was crunchy and tasty.
This was a great burger it had a lot of flavor that oozed through every bite. The blue cheese beef burger slider included co. mole sauce, sautéed spinach, and wild mushrooms. It was really good and I am going to try and recreate it at home.
This was my favorite item on the restaurant week menu. I normally don’ eat this type of food but man was it good. My favorite part about the bacon mac and cheese was the chocolate bacon on top it was so sweet, savory, and salty all at the same time. The bacon mac and cheese included orechiette pasta, four cheeses, and crispy bacon.
The tandoori chicken patty slider was great the burger provide a lot of flavor that I did not really expect from it. You could really taste the curry in the chicken and it provided some great taste with the carrots and the bun. The burger included cardamom carrots, greens, and cucumber raita.
So now to the dessert! The dessert came with a drink as well which us enjoyable as it can really add to the dessert experience.
The drinks that came with dessert were really good they provided a nice addition to the dessert. The drink on the left was a tasty raspberry merlot. The other dessert drink on the right was a strawberry basil and balsamic mocktail.
So on to the best part of Coco Sala the DESSERT!!! I am not much of a dessert person but if I was this is where I would indulge. The dessert presentation is just beautiful and provides an adding experience to the dining.
This was the peaches and cream which included grilled summer peaches, dulce de leche gelato, and a white peach chocolate bon bon. This is what I got and it was my favorite. You poored the little glass of cream over the peach tart and it made a nice flavor for the pastry. It was extremely flavorful and chewy. The gelato tasted great and left a nice clean taste. The chocolate bon bon was wonderful as well.
The other dessert was presented very well. The log looking thing on the left is actually peanut butter ice cream with melted chocolate in the middle. This was called the peanut butter fluff which included,
milk chocolate peanut butter ice cream, banana compote, a pb&j chocolate, and cocoa nib marshmallow fluff. The little chocolate was amazing I had never thought of a chocolate with PB&J inside. The ice cream log tasted wonderful as well. The banana compote was my second favorite as it provided some seriously great taste.
So Coco Sala overall provided a great experience for us. It is a beautiful place inside and out with some wonderful desserts. The food is pretty good and not to expensive and I would recommend this place to everyone. Even if you just go for the desserts or the chocolate you have to check this place out.
929 F St. NW
Washington DC, 20004