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Co Co Sala

Has anyone been to the new restaurant yet?

I'm going to Proof tomorrow night with my boyfriend (his first time, my 2nd) and I thought it might be fun to stop by Co Co Sala for dessert.

I'm certainly interested in seeing how they incorporate coffee and chocolate into their savory dishes but want to hold off until there are some more reviews before trying a full meal. But I am interested in hearing about their desserts....prices? what's good? Worth leaving Proof for dessert? (Never had dessert at Proof before).

Also if anyone knows where to find a menu please post it. There website doesn't have much info.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Do you know for a fact it opened? I work literally across the street and have yet to see signs of life!

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    1. re: katecm

      Oh really? I thought I skimmed through a review on Don Rockwell. But perhaps it was a special event or soft opening.

      1. re: Elyssa

        Or it just goes to show my state of mind when I'm walking to work each morning...

        1. re: katecm

          I think its only open for dinner (although I might be wrong) so perhaps that effects the signs of life in the morning :)

    2. Coco Sala is now open for dinner. I'm going with friends this week.
      Has anyone been yet? Any recommendations? Any chance there's a menu anywhere out there in cyberspace so we can preview?

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      1. re: KWynn

        Oooo please make sure to report back. I'm very curious as to what its like.

      2. Got a Daily Candy e-mail about it this morning:

        http://www.dailycandy.com/washington_...

        Sounds like it should be open now for dinner, but that's really based on the e-mail saying it is open, and not "will open on...". No menu information though unfortunately. Looking forward to stopping by sometime soon hopefully!

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        1. re: gyozagirl

          Yes, I got that too. According to pqliving (http://pqliving.com/?p=1599) they are definitely open.

          1. re: KWynn

            Thanks for posting that (haven't gotten a chance to catch up on the PQ blog today at work yet, hehe), the comments were a good way to find at least some of the menu items.

        2. The Washingtonian posted the menu here. http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarti...
          But the prices aren't necessarily correct - the sliders were $7 each and I think the mac and cheese was too.
          You can also get just the "main dessert" from the tasting menus for $12.

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          1. re: cheesepowder

            Thanks for posting this article. This place looks great...lots of fun!

            1. re: Elyssa

              Agreed--looks like fun, although I'd prefer a few more savory items so that we could do some more dinner-y food and then share one of the dessert tastings...

          2. So a friend and I went to Co Co Sala on Wednesday night, a week after it opened. There were many positives about the place, but many negatives too.
            Let me start out by saying that both of us are foodies and live for chocolate. The food was very good. We ordered a number of the apps: blue cheese/mushroom burger slider and tamarind chicken patty slider, crab cake, and the class mac n' cheese. All were consistently good--not terribly innovative, but good. The desserts are fun---in fact, this is clearly more of a dessert bar than a restaurant, as there were not many other choices for "food" than the aforementioned items. Most of the deserts are categorized as a five course menu for $30. All five are desserts, including one cheese course. There a five categories: Indian, Italian, Aztec, childhood faves, and one other that I can not remember. We had the Aztec--a balance of sweet and spicy and all five courses were really good, especially the fiery chocolate souffle. We loved the dessert menu and thought that it was a very unique presentation.
            The decor was chic, trendy, and beautiful. The color schemes are warm chocolates and reds. It's a very loungy, NYC atmosphere.
            Alright now for the negatives. This place was VERY overpriced. And I am not cheap and will spend money for good food. But the sliders, for example, were $7 each! To give a comparison, this past wknd, my husband and I went to Vinoteca and I ordered a TRIO of sliders for $9.50 (and they were actually better). Also, the crab cake was probably the size of a gold ball...we are two petite girls and were still starving after ordering our 4 apps.
            Oh, and I hate to say it, but the service was horrendous. To be fair, I understand that they've only been open for a week, but OMG, it was a Wed night and not very busy. And I was a bartender and waitress all throughout grad school so I'm very empathetic and sympathetic towards them. Our waitress was very nice but we had to wait for over 20 min to get our drinks (both times we ordered). Turns out she forgot to both our drink order in (two separate times???) The manager felt so mad that we got free shots...which was obviously very nice (but honestly needed for business practice). We were clearly forgotten about b/c there was a bigger party next to us. We had to wait for silverware as well as water on numerous occasions. We were overcharged for drinks that we didn't order. Let's just say that we were there for nearly 3 hours b/c we were waiting for something half the time!
            All in all, pretty good place but will not be going back for a while, as I'll wait a couple of months until they iron out all the kink and maybe lower the prices and/or increase the portion size???

            1. The restaurant's website now has a link up for its menu...looks tempting! I will be checking this place out...

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              1. re: dckw

                I just saw that too- looks like they read our CH minds, haha. I'm headed there with a friend on Saturday night, we're planning on a late lunch at Tackle Box in Gtown beforehand so a place like this should be good, since it's more about appetizers and mainly desserts. Hopefully both places are good!

              2. I guess this is a little late for your post-Proof dessert, but I thought I'd add my mini-review as well. :)

                I went with 3 other people, and we shared 4 appetizers and 2 of the dessert courses.

                The coconut crabcake was wonderful, and I don't usually like crabcake very much! Maine lobster salad was also a winner, wrapped in cucumber for a light, fresh flavor. The classic mac and cheese was a bit dry but not too bad. The beet and goat cheese salad was a little too sweet, and we were a bit at a loss why the waitress recommended it...she made it sound like the beets weren't that central to the salad, but it was clearly not the case. This might have to do with the fact that all the dishes (not just the beet salad) were tiny! But truly, dessert is the highlight here, so we moved right along to our courses.

                Italian course -

                The first course, a panna cotta and chocolate soup, was a bit of a disppointment. It wasn't bad, but tasted mostly like melted ice cream. The main dessert was a trio of tiramisu (classic, strawberry and chocolate). These were quite good, except for the strawberry, which tasted more like strawberry jam. Lemon sorbet with chocolate mesh came next and was refreshing and tart. The cheese course was excellent! I loved the 3 ways of parmigiano reggiano, and they went very well with the figs. The petit fours were a bit tasteless, although ricotta bite was better than the amaretti.

                Aztec course -

                First course was fun and light - a pair of churros sprinkled with cinnamon, served with dulce de leche soup. The main dessert was definitely the best course we had - a chocolate souffle with a kick! The spice hits you after you take a spoonful, and it's wonderful. The sorbet course came with two flavors - a very flavorful papaya and a light margarita. The cheese course was probably one of the more substantive dishes we had - a pepper cheese enchilada. Once again the petit four was not a high point, and we ended up leaving the chocolate infused horchata untouched.

                Service -

                Wait staff was friendly and helpful, but the service was at times slow. They were out of quite a few things (the lychee, lemonade), which was surprising since it wasn't too late in the evening.

                Atmosphere -

                A little chatty, particularly in the lounge where we were sitting. The tables are actually much more spacious in the lounge compared to the main dining room where they had initially seated us. The tables in the main dining room were very small and cramped, and low to the ground. It definitely had a more lounge-like feeling in there! If you do sit at the lounge, note that they do have a DJ later in the evening, so it might not be the best place for a conversation.

                Overall, a fun time! Would definitely go back, though perhaps not when I'm particularly starving.

                I posted pictures of the food on flickr >> http://flickr.com/photos/belle_flower...

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                1. re: kikyou

                  Thanks for the thorough write-up kikyou! I was also there this past weekend and enjoyed the lobster salad too. We got the Louisiana crab cake - crispy & well-seasoned. My friend and I shared the "co co grownup" course, which was cute and tasty overall. A few misses for us was the last course (the mint chocolate chip) and the grilled cheese (both the grilled cheese and the tomato soup were cold - we weren't sure if that was on purpose or not, but since we had already eaten it we figured we'd just keep moving on).

                  In terms of the atmosphere, you probably stated it a little more tactful than I would have- my friend and I were screaming at each other the whole time, and it's not really an age issue for us (we're both 25 and go out to bars a lot). Also, we did have some issues with our desserts coming out before our salad/crabcake, delays with drinks, and no silverware during the courses. I've written an e-mail via their website just to provide some feedback, so we'll see if they acknowledge it.

                  Overall I also agree that it was fun and worth going to, particularly if you were like us and had a big late lunch beforehand.

                  1. re: gyozagirl

                    Ah, I was wondering about the coco-grownup course, so thanks! It's too bad that the soup and sandwich were cold. I would think that it's hard to mess up something so classic. ;)

                    1. re: kikyou

                      Not sure when you went, gyozagirl, but we got the Co Co Grownup tasting and really enjoyed it. Our grilled cheese and soup were both hot, and the cheese was a wonderfully-rich cheddar. We also enjoyed our cocktails--my husband had the chocojito (a play on a mojito but with chocolate added) and I had the C3Fix (rich chocolate martini). We also shared one of the hot chocolate samplers. I loved the peanut butter one and my husband really liked the coconut one. I can't remember the 3rd flavor, but we definitely finished them all.
                      We had a great time and plan to go back soon!

                      1. re: KWynn

                        Chocojito huh? What exactly is in that? Because if its a mojito with chocolate that sounds-----interesting, but I'm not sure in a good way. Needless to say I'm intrigued lol

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          I don't remember what was in it, and I was turned off by the description but my husband ordered it. It was as it sounds--a mojito with chocolate shavings in it--but it might have used a chocolate liquor as well. I tasted it and enjoyed it more than I thought I would've but definitely preferred my C3Fix over the cocojito.

                        2. re: KWynn

                          oh no! Thanks for letting me know about the grilled cheese, will know now to speak up sooner rather than later (I don't know why we thought maybe it was supposed to be cold, haha). We were there around 10pm on Saturday.

                    2. re: kikyou

                      Thanks for the review. I didn't end up going after the Proof but will be going in a few weeks with a friend, probably just for dessert so I'll let you know what I think.