The bottom line: You can find cheaper and better Vietnamese food
When I first heard that CO was opening I was immediately eager to get my hungry paws on what is one of my favorite cuisines. I kept up with the news of the restaurant’s opening until finally the day came. Right before Christmas a friend and I decide to dine there. We entered the restaurant and immediately noticed the center piece over the bar area, the second thing I noticed was that it was full of activity and there was not an empty table to be seen. We put our name on the list and went to check out the bookstore nearby. After a short wait we got a text that our table was ready. Finally the moment had come.
I couldn’t resist and had to order to dishes. The first was the pork belly bun and the second was the beef pho.
The buns are filled with pork belly, pickled cucumber, carrots, hoisin, cilantro. The buns themselves seemed like they were cooked for too long and the filling was fairly standard. I think the buns being overly toasted detracted from the rest of the dish.
I wanted to like the pho. I really did but the meat was very fatty and stringy. This is not uncommon with Asian cuisine. They liberally use the fat in meat but there are different kinds of meat that can be put pho and I wasn’t expecting that in this dish.
My friend ordered the the pho ga and she really enjoyed it. It is a lighter yet still flavorful dish.
I was disappointed with my meal but that wasn’t my last visit to CO. I was determined to give it another try. I waited several months before I went back. This time around I ordered something different.
The curry laksa was a super flavorful composition of shrimp, shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, shredded cucumber, thai basil, baby bok choy, and a spicy coconut broth.
Sadly my friends and my fellow foodie, Maria, were not impressed with their dishes. We got the pork and ginger gyoza for the table.
Maria and our other friend got sushi and the fresh rolls. I didn’t get to try their dishes but one thing I do know and that is that I trust Maria’s food judgement and as a sushi lover she was not impressed.
Overall CO is one of the Vietnamese places in town that sells themselves as the more upscale version of the many family owned restaurants in town. I have to say that there are several other places where I would rather go to get my Vietnamese food fix.