It’s Restaurant Week here in D.C! That means, this week we can all indulge ourselves at some of D.C.’s top restaurants without paying a hefty bill. This time of year, D.C. restos offer fixed price menus for a fraction of the regular menu price so you can feel free to try new places without fear of wasting money.
This week, Jessica and I decided to try Co Co. Sala for lunch. Co Co. Sala is an adorable little resto located at 9th and F St NW, nestled between Metro Center and Penn Quarter in D.C.
Co Co Sala’s lunch menu offered a choice of 3 courses for the flat price of $20 per person. First course was a choice of salad, second a choice of entree, and third was a choice of dessert. I love this type of menu because it allows you to sample a variety of small dishes for much less than it would cost to order a la carte. I also love it because it reminds me of when I lived in France and ate like this all the time.
For the first course, I started with a beet salad which reminded me more of a terrine since it was yellow and red beets in a 3 layer tower with goat cheese in between the layers. This salad was ok, good flavors, interesting, but I just really don’t think I like beets that much. I tried it hoping to have developed a taste for beets since my last try nearly 3 years ago, but no luck. Not a beet girl.
Jessica had the tomato burrata cheese salad served with basil and balsamic. It was very similar to a tomato, mozzarella salad. Jessica said, “The tomato and burrata cheese salad was a fresh and delicious starter to the meal. The burrata cheese was smooth and creamy and the balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs were just the right amount of flavor to let the tomatoes really shine. Love this!”
For our second course, I had a feta and spinach tart which was delicious. It was served in a petit philo pastry crust that was light and flaky and buttery and satisfying. It was also served with a few mustard and dill shrimp which I found disgusting. The mustard and dill were overpowering and I couldn’t bare to eat more than one. At this point I should mention that I’m not a huge fan of dill so it was probably foolish of me to order the shrimp…live and learn I guess.
Here’s what Jessica had to say about her second course… “For my entrée, I ordered the grilled lemon chicken artichoke and chickpea salad. I enjoyed the flavors in this dish from the creamy, but light tarragon vinaigrette to the acidic pops of lemon. Although the entrée was tasty, I wasn’t overly impressed. I felt that I could easily replicate this at home and, for restaurant week, I was expecting something a little bit more technically difficult. All in all- I liked it, but wasn’t wowed by it.”
For me, the dessert course was the best course, but then again dessert is always my favorite
meal part of every meal. I ordered the grilled peach tart with creme anglaise, peach gelato and a peach chocolate. It was heavenly. I scraped my plate clean!
Jessica didn’t enjoy her dessert as much as I enjoyed mine and while I was eating, I got the feeling that she was hoping I would look away so she could steal bites of my peach tart! Not a chance! Jessica ordered the chocolate dessert which included white, milk and dark chocolate in liquid, semi-solid and solid states. It was an interesting concept and very unique, but not satisfying. Here’s what Jessica had to say, “The dessert was so so. The chocolate shots were WAY too intense for me (except for the mild chocolate that tasted like rich chocolate milk). The chocolate pieces were good, but nothing extraordinary. I should’ve ordered Jennifer’s dessert!” You see, I told she wanted to steal my dessert!
Overall, Jessica and I agreed that we were happy with the meal, pleased that we tried a new restaurant, but weren’t excited enough about the food to go back…that is, unless someone else is paying the bill! Have a great weekend everyone!
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