By Rebecca Cahilly
For those who’ve waited, good things now come on small plates (and lower rates) at Coco Asian Bistro & Bar in Fort Lauderdale.
Coco’s chef/owner Mike Ponluang has added Asian Tapas (and bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Margaritas) to the weekend lunch menu, offering a showcase of inventive culinary creativity. Offered between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, the new menu features an array of tantalizing dishes – such as Chicken Yum Woosen, $9 (thinly sliced chicken served with bean thread noodles, scallions, straw mushrooms, cilantro and chili lime juice); Tamago Masago Roll, $6 (a Japanese omelet roll with fried eggs, fish eggs and scallions served with dipping sauce); the Conch Octopus Roll, $8 (I/O, with shallots, kimchee and lemon juice); Vegan Noodles, $8 (rice noodles served with tofu, bean sprouts, basil, and ground peanuts); and Coco Shrimp, $7 (deep-fried, butterflied shrimp served with shredded coconut and honey mustard sauce).
The lighter, less-expensive fare is available alongside Coco’s regular a la carte menu, which includes such specialties as Southern Thai Curry Beef Short Rib ($35), Lobster Pad Thai ($30) and Lobster Pineapple Fried Rice ($30); and is, happily, accompanied by the aforementioned $15 bottomless cocktails. Diners can enjoy the new menu offerings and cocktails in the dining room, at the bar or sushi bar, or at an al fresco table on the outdoor dining terrace.
Coco Asian Bistro & Bar, Harbor Shops, 1841 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-3541, cocoasianbistro.com
PHOTO: Coco Shrimp.
Photo by Joe Woolf