Cocohan is located in one of my favourite food spots in London, St Christopher’s Place, just behind Selfridges. The sleek restaurant offers a vast selection of fashionably presented Pan-Asian favourites from dim sum to sushi. Below the main dining area, there is a small lounge bar where you can enjoy exotic cocktails. I visited Cocochan for a friends Bon Voyage meal and we were all very pleased with both the quality of food and service.
The calm ambience and modern cutwork walls with dim light seeping through creates a cosy dining atmosphere. A bit too dim for me, but it does work well with the romantic candle lit setting. The restaurant feels tightly packed, a common feature of restaurants around St Christopher’s Place, and the dim lighting may enhance this. We were sat on a round table in the corner of the restaurant by the bar.
The service was excellent throughout the night with enthusiastic and attentive staff. The specials were descried to us in detail and they all sounded great. Sadly there were no vegetarian specials to try. Slightly disappointing hearing about the food you can’t try in significant detail, however my non-vegetarian friends were very impressed with the specials dishes they tried that evening.
Chilli and garlic edamame – Everyone loves to nibble on edamame beans whilst eagerly waiting on the main food to arrive. Cocochan’s chilli and garlic addition creates a tasty and spicy kick to the classic dish.
Mushroom Gyoza – Beautifully presented and very tasty. I’m not usually a big gyoza fan but I was impressed with the exotic flavours incorporated in this dish. The ginger was slightly overpowering but this may be my personal taste preference (I am not a big ginger fan).
Tofu and asparagus skewers, Teriyaki sauce – This was well-presented but in terms of flavour, nothing to shout about. I expected more flavour from the tofu which was bland and borderline soggy. More could have been done with the Teriyaki sauce here to give the dish more oomph.
Mushrooms & Avocado Tempura Ura Maki – This was the winning dish of the meal for me. Vegetarian sushi can be bland but this was far from it. I put it down to the tempura styled mushrooms which gave the sushi a crispy crunch and complimented the soft avocado well. Delicious!
Thai Green curry with vegetables – This is the only vegetarian option available from the mains. You can taste the strong spices seeping through which creates a rich curry sauce full of flavour. A little too spicy for me, but most people can probably handle it and would enjoy this dish.
Chocolate fondant and pistachio ice cream –This really hit the spot. The hot chocolate sauce oozed perfectly from the centre of the soft dark chocolate sponge and the pistachio ice cream (our choice) was a successful accompaniment.
Mochi mochi – Assortment of rice cakes filled with flavours such as chocolate, green tea and lemon. I thought this was average because I wasn’t a fan of the jelly like texture.
The table was divided choosing their favourite dessert (being a chocolate lover, my choice was clear).
Reservations: Can book online via the website or on OpenTable
Location: James Street. Closest station: Bond Street
Perfect for: Lunch or dinner