CoCo, Linenhall Street, Belfast
So a few of us headed round to CoCo for a Friday lunch to see off a friend who was finishing work to have a baby, awww. It isn’t her first so she is well aware of the blissful chaos that’s about to be her every waking moment.
This is yet another place I’ve passed by before, though slightly off the beaten track as far as Belfast City Centre shoppers go. At first glance the outside isn’t too striking, but never judge a book & all that, let’s see how we get on.
CoCo describes itself (on the website) as a ‘sexy chic boutique’ (catchy). Spacious inside but cleverly disguised with intimate lighting and a large collection of slightly disturbing artwork on the walls certainly gave this place an individual charm. Not to everyone’s taste granted but I wasn’t perturbed.
There’s a good selection of starters and mains for lunch as well as a choice of ‘express lunch’ dishes. I decided to go all out being the weekend and went for the burger with hand cut chips and a Belfast Lager from Whitewater Brewing Co. Nice to see they do local.
After a short wait, a huge burger and good sized bowl full of chips was set down in front of me (much to my delight). More like a dinner portion than a quick lunch. The chips were very good and the burger I must say, was honestly one of the nicest I’ve had in ages. Juicy and thick, well cooked and with caramelised onions, cheese and coleslaw in a brioche. Other menu options include venison sausages, hake, duck leg, tandoori chicken and sirloin. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous they do a pigeon starter.
Plates emptied we pondered over the idea of dessert and asked for menus, you know ‘just to have a wee look’, as you do. I’m not sure anyone could look at this list and then say ‘no thank you’ afterwards so we went for it, each ordering something different.
Chocolate pave, fruit crumble and my choice, ginger pud with ice cream. All superb, great tasting desserts.
The service throughout the lunch was top class and for the amount of food on our plates the value was also quite good.
I really can’t fault the food or the staff in CoCo. Well worth a visit for lunch.
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