Monday, June 4, 2012

Coco Bamboo

During the summer I signed up for a Taste card and received a month free trial so this was my opportunity to eat in as many different places as I could. My friend and I tried Coco Bamboo in Chalk Farm, which specialises in Brazilian and Caribbean food. When we first arrived the restaurant was so quiet, I was gutted that we could not sit on the terrace outside as it was a beautiful sunny day. 

The Taste card allowed us 50% off the a la carte menu, which had a decent selection of dishes. For starters we had jerked chicken wings, avocado and mango salad. The mains were curry goat with basmati rice and Feijoada, which is supposedly Brazil's traditional dish of black bean stew cooked with pork and spices, served with rice, farofa, sauteed greens and orange slices. I had the Feijoada which was really good, I initially thought that I wouldn't have liked the orange slices with the meal but if tasted so good together, it was like a match made in heaven. I've never eaten anything like the black bean dish but it was bursting with flavour all over the place. My friend didn't enjoy the curry, it was very spicy and spoilt her meal, she ended up leaving half the dish. Lastly for dessert we had the mango and coconut creme brulee, which was delicious, the flavours weren't too overpowering  It made a great cracking sound when we snapped the top with a spoon, so yummy that I could have eaten another pot.

I was impressed with the meal, probably wouldn't have noticed this place if it wasn't on the Taste card selection.


Mango and avocado salad
Jerked chicken wings
Feijoada
Black bean stew with pork and spices
Curry goat
Mango and coconut creme brulee
Rating: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Presentation: 6/10
Taste: 7/10
Quality: 7/10
Website: http://www.cocobamboo.co.uk/v2/
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