Co Co Sala, Chinatown Washington DC

Saturday was my third trip to Co Co Sala, a restaurant and “chocolate boutique” located in the Chinatown area of Washington, DC. While my visit wasn’t the best experience this particular evening, service and food in the past has been outstanding. Overall I would still recommend that every female in the DC area check out Co Co Sala with her girl friends at least once. It’s the perfect starting point for a posh “girls night out.” Even if it’s just for drinks or dessert.

Their menu consists of “small bites” and “sips” (hence the girls night, my man doesn’t do “small bites”) and their cocktails are fun to look at while remaining flavorful. I had their well known Co Cojito.  Others ordered “fetish,” strawberry infused vodka and foam served with a chocolate covered strawberry, (looked like a strawberry daiquiri).

The “Nouveau American” menu offered several choices for my vegetarian friends as well as small plates with “surf” and small plates with “turf.” Also cheese and charcuterie plates. We were particularly happy with the sweet and sour cauliflower with fried spinach. The cauliflower tasted amazingly like chicken while the spinach was packed with flavor and it’s fried texture was really unique. We had two orders.

The tuna tartare was aesthetically pleasing and tasted good as well. It was served with a wasabi sauce that could have used a little bit more of a kick but I still really liked it.

I tried the cheese plate this time and was not impressed. I didn’t see any signature twist. I could have ordered this anywhere, and honestly it might have been better there. I should have stuck with my “go to” Co Co Sala order. I recommended the mac and cheese served with a piece of chocolate covered bacon. Creamy and unique. Don’t be afraid of the chocolate covered bacon. It will become a fast favorite.

The ambiance at Co Co sala is trendy and lounge like with attractive servers in red dresses. Previously they have always been attentive and very nice. While I can’t say the same for our waitress Saturday night, Im sure it was just an off day. Unfortunately this may be why we didn’t stay for dessert. (That might have been the best part too, damn.) 

Tip: Make reservations ahead of time, if you have a party of more than six you can’t reserve a table after 5pm. (This is why I say it’s an ideal starting point for a night out) To be honest Co Co Sala would be enjoyed best with a smaller group.

Head over to Zaytinya for cocktails after Co Co Sala,  it’s two blocks over and one of the best restaurants in DC (owned by the renowned José Andrés). If you are a fan of Top Chef, you know that Mike Isabella –who made it to the final two in this seasons Top Chef All Stars — was their former head chef.

7 Responses to “Co Co Sala, Chinatown Washington DC”

  1. Laura posted on April 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Sounds like it would be a fun place for drinks and dessert with the girls next time we all get together!

  2. Michelle O posted on April 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm (#)

    Definitely! Maybe we should try their brunch?

  3. Dale posted on April 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm (#)

    That vodka drink looks so refreshing and the cheese platter looks so fancy. I gotta go eat breakfast now. hehe

    If I go to Wash. DC anytime soon I’ll definitely visit this restaurant.

    Thanks for checking out my blog too and your nice comments.

  4. Northern VA Bride To Be! posted on April 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm (#)

    I’ve heard about this place, sounds interesting. So yes, I am going crazy as the wedding is getting closer and closer! AHHH!!! We should definitely get together before. We could go out to dinner (or you could make something fab) or we could go see a movie or something. 🙂 Just let me know.

  5. Rachel posted on April 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm (#)

    That drink looks amazing!

  6. Kirsty posted on April 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm (#)

    This all looks sooo tasty, especially the cocktail! Lovely blog 🙂
    p.s. just to let you know, I’ve replied to your question in my comment box (blogger really should sort out a better way to respond) x

  7. WhatMissLoves posted on April 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm (#)

    WOW! This place looks so delicious. I’m going to have to visit the next time I’m home.

    btw I’m new to the blogging world, I hope you can follow:WhatMissLoves

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