Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bizou morphs into Coco 500


Tim and I were looking for a place to have dinner together on Tuesday night. I remembered an old favourite, Bizou, that Radhika and Sunil had taken me to when I lived in San Francisco. We spent five minutes walking up and down 4th street not being able to find the restaurant. We decided to walk into this restaurant at the same place where I swore Bizou had been located. Little did we realize that we were at the grand opening of Coco 500, Chef Loretta Keller's reincarnation of what was previously a French bistro.

Coco 500 specializes in small plates inspired by local produce and Mediterranean flavours. I loved the teak wood tables which added a real warmth to the place. The menu is very innovative on top of being vegetarian friendly and includes a host of assorted starters, salads, pastas, flat-bread pizzas and vegetable sides.

We started with tender green beans that were lightly fried. They came with a spicy, mustard dipping sauce:

This was followed by four ravioli pillows swaddled in a fresh, green sauce made from fava beans and peas that are in season now topped with a few lavender flowers:

We then nibbled on some greens that were perfectly dressed in a champagne vinaigrette and tossed with toasted almonds:

Main course was rocket and red pepper pizza with feta which you'll love if you like the sharp taste of rocket:

We also couldn't resist tasting the side of mushrooms that had been slow-cooked to coax out the robust flavours:

Finally, we gave in to some sweet indulgence as the coco bar looked too good to pass up:

500 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107


Blogger Shri said...

Don't let the love for Manhattan slip while you are out in CA ;)

6:06 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

you don't be a traitor now :)
we've both lived in CA way longer than NY - there's nothing wrong with some BayArealuvvvvv, no?

7:57 PM  
Blogger Fourth Umpire said...

Well, well. How odd that a search for 'kati roll recipe' would throw up Lulu in Manhattan - thereby giving me a way to keep tabs on Harsha. Heck, even a mention of Raghav, but no sign of Niki, go figure.

I'm adding you to my personal 'Zagat' list - so it would be nice if you updated regularly given that my brother no longer lives in Manhattan.

Wonder if you can figure out who I am.

9:41 PM  

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