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
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