Brilliance Mixed with Ordinary [Friday Harbor, WA]
During the "off" season, there's not a lot of pick from in Friday Harbor. Coho is a small restaurant run by a husband and wife team. Located in an old house in downtown Friday Harbor, the restaurant is open for dinner. The first night we went we were very impressed by the food. After generous (and they should be generous at $10 a pop) tossed salads, my husband dined from the appetizer menu--pork belly in a pomegranate sauce and fried oysters. I had black cod with white beans. The pork belly literally melted in the mouth. The fried oysters were tasty, but we've had better. The black cod, on the other hand, was simply divine. Who knew that this wonderful fish--most frequently associated with sake lees--could go so well with white beans, which were perfectly cooked. For dessert, my husband had a yummy orange ginger sorbet. I had a "champagne" (really prosecco, we were informed) sorbet that was memorable and that I still think about longingly.
We went back again the next night. If you dine between 5 and 5:45, you can get a 3 course (really 4 because you get both soup and salad) meal for $70 for two people--quite a bargain. Our dinners this time were not so successful. The braised beef with paparadelle was a real let down--very boring. My cauliflower pasta had been advertised as having not only olives but capers. I never found the capers. The cauliflower used was green romanesco--a nice touch--but much to my surprise was not cooked! It was more like a garnish.
If you choose well at this restaurant, you can really score. Unfortunately not everything is up to the standards of their best dishes.
120 Nichols St Ste 7, Friday Harbor, WA 98250