Cocochan, W1U

The Halal: I couldn’t believe it but all the poultry and meat is halal! The restaurant does serve alcohol and they have since informed me that some of their dishes also contain alcohol so please ask before ordering. There are no pork products served on the menu.

The Place: You can find Cocochan a stones throw away from Selfridges on James street. It’s a contemporary pan-Asian restaurant serving food from Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. The interior is modern with bold colours and sleek lines.

ImageOur waitress was very polite. We had decided to order from the set menu for an early dinner and she arranged to swap our complimentary glasses of wine for mocktails- all of which were really nice!

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The Food: Even though we ordered from the set menu, there was a large selection of starters and main courses to choose from. We ended up ordering our own starters then sharing out the mains.

I ordered the vegetable tempura which was served with a sesame ponzu. The vegetables were cooked in a light batter and were perfectly crispy.

ImageThe king prawn kataifi were crunchy and golden- seriously delicious!

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The mixed seafood gyoza was also very nice as was the salmon and avacado maki.

ImageSo in the end the starters were a great success! We had high hopes for the mains…

We ordered Wok tossed chicken with szechuan spices- it was tasty and the chicken was tender but I was expecting the dish to be a lot spicer!

ImageWe ordered steamed sea bass with black bean and baby bok choi. The presentation of the fish was lovely but the flavours were disappointing. The fish was cooked well but overall the taste was very bland.

ImageNext up was the red duck curry. It is always a treat to have halal duck! The red curry was rich and had a depth of coconut, ginger and chilli flavours. It’s difficult to present curry in a sophisticated way but the vegetable crisps served on top made the bowl look very impressive.

ImageAll the curries were served with rice and we ordered vegetarian Shanghai noodles: again slightly lacking in spice!

ImageThe Price: £25 for two courses on the set menu including a mocktail. Dinner from the a la carte menu would probably work out to be  around £30-35 per person.

The Verdict: Excellent starters and drinks! Mains were quite disappointing apart from the duck which was very good. I felt that the seasoning was generally lacking and the flavour combinations were very ordinary. Saying that, Cocochan was reasonable value for money but unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be rushing back.

 

 

 

 

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