Just about a week after my visit to Coca Restaurant, I got an invite for a sponsored dinner! Coca x looloo - yes and yes! I was a little giddy coz my first visit was pleasant and I liked the food! I was also hoping to try their hotpot this time.
When I got to the restaurant, they already started serving appetizers to the group. Betsy, their marketing head, who was also our generous host in Mango Tree, was there. I prepared myself for a feast!
We started off with appetizers - Roast Duck Salad and Salmon Grapow Cups.
|Roast Duck Salad for 380Php|
|Salmon Grapow Cups for 180Php|
|Red Fire Platter for 1400Php +++|
I love Tom Yum and this version of Coca warms the soul. I love the fragrant and relaxing smell of the herbs and spices used. The characteristic sourness that tickles the taste buds, the fragrant lemon grass, the the spicy kick from the Thai Chili Paste that gives this soup it's orange-red hue and the soothing flavor from the galangal (ginger's sister from another mother lol) makes me want to slurp more. Add in fresh cilantro, MY FAVORITE HERB, and I'm in soup heaven.
The Chicken Soup was okay. It was flavorful but I guess it was overpowered by the Tom Yum Soup.
Also, if you feel that the ingredients included in their hotpot platters are not enough, you can always add some more by choosing from their menu. Each add-on though comes with a price.
|Coca Yang Chow Fried Rice - Small for 220Php | Large for 320Php|
Betsy also had us try the Coca Yang Chow Fried Rice. A hefty bowl of fried rice with all things nice - just the right saltiness, bits and pieces of meat, scrambled egg, toasted garlic, herbs and spices. It was pretty good I must say.
For mains, we had some squid and a platter filled with all things seafood!
The squid dish was in the form of fried squid rings smothered with salted egg! I was giddy to try this dish since I tried their Salted Egg Prawns last time. Same salted egg goodness but the battered squid rings were a little soggy. Maybe because of the salted egg? Nice flavor but this dish could have been better if the squid rings were a little bit more toasted.
|Pacific Sunset for 1950Php|
|A closer look at all the seafood in this platter!|
Can't quite explain the flavors of the sauce because it exploded with umami-liscious goodness from a mix of Thai spices and some dark earthy hints of Indian spices. Expensive but price was well justified with all the seafood in it!
|Galorgee - Small for 250Php | Large for 450Php|
|Thai Iced Tea for 90Php|
Anyhow, it's always a fun time with looloo people! It was so nice to see Betsy again and glad to have met new people from the looloo community!
4 out of 5 Stars for Coca Restaurant!
--- Coca Restaurant: 5/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., BGC, Taguig City