Coco's

A taste of the Med in the heart of Adliya 16 Reviews

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People keep telling me ‘everybody loves Coco’s’ and, having tried to get a table on a Thursday evening, I can tell you it’s true.

The place was heaving, lots of would-be diners were waiting and, despite the still-40-degree heat, there were plenty of us sitting in the garden chilling out to the gentle South American sounds issuing from the speakers.

The garden at Coco’s is part of what makes the place so popular. When the weather’s cooler it’s always full, both lunchtime and evenings, and it’s easy to see why.

Completely walled, delightfully green and with the varied music providing the backdrop, you really could be on the French Riviera or chatting in an Italian courtyard.

So ten out of ten for atmosphere before we even got to the food. Plus the staff are friendly, though service is not overly quick, and the place is cheap too.

My dining companion went for chicken in mushroom sauce with mashed potato and I chose chili chicken which is cooked in a fierce sauce of lemon grass, red chilis, garlic, ginger and herbs.

It usually comes with rice but I chose a mashed potato accompaniment, but here things got a little confused. I tried to change my order to French fries and we received a basked of fries before our meals.

The waitress probably thought it a bit of an odd choice of starter but hey, they were piping hot, crispy and yummy so no complaints from us.

Our mains, when they arrived, were huge. Two full chicken breasts each and mountains of creamy mashed potato which put an immediate grin on my pal’s face.

The mushroom sauce was delicious, tasty and thick, just right to top off the mash.

Mine however, though equally tasty, suffered from an excess of chili – I picked out five whole ones before I started and that’s without the chopped pieces in the sauce!

Now, I like a bit of spice as much as the next person but seriously, five chilis in one dish? I think I might’ve spontaneously combusted if I’d managed to eat it.

That said, the chicken was really tender and the sauce flavourful, despite the beads of sweat delicately decorating my upper lip.

For desert, we couldn’t resist the crêpes, for which Coco’s is very well known.

My dining partner’s choice was filled with chocolate sauce and topped with icecream. I went for the sugar and honey topping with a good dollop of squirty cream.

What can I say? Sublime. We got some funny looks sitting there actually purring with delight, but those crepes really made the meal for me.

Unfortunately, the portions all round were so huge that neither of us could actually finish them, but boy were we happy diners.

The bill (for two)
Grilled chicken BD3.5
Chilli chicken BD3.3
Crêpes x 2 BD3.0
Basket of fries BD1.0
Sprite x 2 BD1.0
Orange and pineapple juice BD1.2
Mineral water BD0.400
Total (not inc service) BD14.100

By Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Bahrain,

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Details

  • Location: Adliya, Manama
  • Tel: 17 716 512
  • Travel: Gudaibiya

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Vanessa on 18 Aug ' 14 at 04:10
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love the shrimp spaghetti, it is my all-time favorite (I get extra shrimp) the soups are very delicious. I always get the fresh fruit drinks they are always nice and cold when they arrive at the table. Yes I have experienced a little hesitation with the wait staff but ask for Dollar he is very responsive to non-Bahraini clientele.

Posted by: jahanzeb agha on 20 Jan ' 13 at 15:18
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

im surprised timeout gave it such a good review, the only thing good about it was relax environment to hangout thats it, food was pathetic wife had the grill chicken which was overcooked felt like leather and doused in gravy to hide it, i had the pepper steak and if u know anything bout steak please dont order one at coco's, substandard meat quality and again floating in gravy never seen so much gravy on a steak.

Posted by: Sara on 20 Jan ' 13 at 08:54
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I am there every weekend. I love their food & I just can't get enough of it. The Seafood Risotto, the Grilled Chicken & their Greek salad are all to die for, I highly recommend those dishes, including their Sandwiches & pastas. Oh & their Chicken Corn Soup. They also serve the best Ice Tea Peach. Don't miss out on trying their Coco's dressing (Balsamic Vinegar).
I agree with most of you when it comes to waiting & the bad service, but it's so worth the food by the end of the day & the minimal price you pay. There are some selected timings where its easy to get a table, I'll not share to avoid having you crowing the place for my friends & I!
I've repeated many & many times to the Owner whenevr I see him there that he should so open a new branch.

Posted by: Amanda Cane on 14 Jan ' 13 at 18:32
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Ok,The food in this restaurant is very good mostly,however like other comments regarding service,it is TERRIBLE! Ive never been there and had decent or even mediocre service..You get flatly ignored from the second you arrive,have to go and get your own menu's cos if u wait..it will be forever.
Then to actually place an order...well thats another story..The staff really need to improve their manners for this to ever get good reviews for service..they are letting themselves down badly..I dont klnow why they think they can get away with this bad behaviour? Is it because they know they are busy every day and if you dont like the service then tough? Im not sure of the reason but the staff in general are very very rude and unprofessional..It lets down what is really a nice little place to eat..Minus staff!

Posted by: leah on 27 Dec ' 12 at 08:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Terrible service..they leave u waiting and waiting for the menu..then wait some more for the food..then never get the bill until u ask and ask and ask and evetually have to go in to get it yourself..shame they dont employ some staff with a bit more intelligence.

Posted by: Jenn on 26 Dec ' 12 at 10:24
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

As with most places that have dined in, here in Bahrain, the service was Horrible, with a capital "H!" The food was defiantly amazing, but at the price you pay, mediphorically speaking, in most cases doesn't seem worth the hassle. I don't really see myself going there, unless otherwise volun-told to for work purposes.

Posted by: Baha on 10 Dec ' 12 at 07:47
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The worst customer service EVER, the waitresses pretend like they didn't hear you calling them, they mix the orders, the food takes more time that it should, and they give you that look instead of smiling.
The food is good, and i gave them more than one chance because my friends likes it, till last time,, i went there, they serviced my soup 10 minutes after the get the meal,, that was the end between me and Coco's

Posted by: Attalla on 09 Oct ' 12 at 10:35
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The place has the best food! Salad, main course or soups its always amazing! Service is pretty good and i never had a slow service experience. As a matter of fact sometimes its so fast that i would be halfway through my soup when my salad and main course arrive!!

Good luck finding a free table during lunchtime! Or the weekend!! One thing that sux is that they don't reserve tables.. which i completely understand.

Posted by: Hashim on 03 Oct ' 12 at 06:30
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Frankly I'm surprised this place got any positive reviews. It is notorious for having the worst service among all similar restaurants in Bahrain. The setting, ambience, pricing, and the food itself are all decent to quite good, but the service is so bad that everything else doesn't matter because your experience as a client is so poor. The waiters are flatly rude, huffing and scowling as they seat you, take your order and then deliver it late. Normally with such subpar service I would never return to a restaurant. The only reason I have been more than once is when I am within a group who elect to go and I don't want to dessent. In every occassion it is always a running joke that you have to set your expectations for service so low that you are simply happy they didn't insult you. For some, the setting and prices make it worth it, but for me there is nothing that justifies such atrocious service. Just to be clear I am an easy-going guy, polite in general, and especially so to waiting staff who have a tough job. I generally tip well for decent service too, but Coco's is just in a league of its own, and not in a positive way. The service ruins the whole experience. Do yourself a favor and go to any of the neighboring restaurants in Adlia or elsewhere in Bahrain. As different as they are, I have only positive things to say about Hash House, Zoe's, Mirai, Mezzaluna, Cafe Italia, Upstairs Downstairs, Alareesha.

Posted by: hello kitty on 16 Aug ' 12 at 06:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

only for the food but a bad service of staff...

Posted by: ianhay on 04 May ' 12 at 12:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

easy going, good simple food, great portions.
would go back - for sure

Posted by: ariah on 06 Mar ' 12 at 08:36
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food. Timings mentioned above are inaccurate. They close for a break. In my experience waitress was indifferent, dismissive of an inquiry i made. Perhaps she was having a bad day, perhaps she was racist. Whatever, it was it spoiled my appetite to be treated so. But i go back for the food. Perhaps Coco should open another cafe or franchise it. All in all - excellent food.

Posted by: Muna on 19 Nov ' 11 at 13:57
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: katey on 07 Aug ' 11 at 22:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

gives real value to every penny you spent. a must try!

Posted by: Apple on 07 Aug ' 11 at 13:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: sara husain on 10 Jul ' 11 at 10:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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