Restaurant Review: Coca Restaurant at SM Aura Premier
Published on August 20, 2014
Hubby and I had time to spare one Thursday night while waiting for the number coding scheme to be lifted. Weather was very erratic at that time so we decided to go to SM Aura where there is ample (and covered) parking space. It was also fitting because we are aiming to try as many restaurants as we can at SM Aura. After walking along a strip of restaurants in Sky Park, Coca Restaurant caught our attention. A lady staff member who was stationed at the entrance told us that they serve Thai-Chinese dishes. I was really craving for Pad Thai, but to my dismay, it wasn’t available in their menu. But despite my initial disappointment, we still gave Coca Restaurant a try.
A staff member directed us in one of the available tables, but we requested to be seated somewhere else. Luckily, we were the only guests in the spot we chose. I am not sure if my husband felt the same, but I felt like the place (or at least where we were seated) has that unique romantic vibe. I am not sure if it was the comfy couch, the monotone interiors, the warm lightning, or this…
The chef was definitely not lying when he/she named this dish as Stir-fried Squid with Garlic and Chili. First, there was a ton of garlic in this dish. I went home, brushed my teeth thrice, and still slept with some remnants of garlic flavor in my mouth. Haha! But I am not complaining. Ang mahal kaya ng bawang! :p And second, the presence of the chili was undeniable! I think my husband just ate three pieces, and he threw the white flag after. I brought home some leftovers. And Papa, who just like me also loves spicy dishes, enjoyed it too. Super sarap, promise!
Aside from the food and ambiance, the service was commendable too. We were immediately attended to by servers even if we were on a quite secluded spot. If given the chance, I would love to come back to Coca. I got so curious with their hot pots so I’ll probably try it when I come back with a bigger group with me. And if ever I get the chance to come back, I would remind myself to ask one of the servers the reason behind that portrait of a half-naked woman. Hindi ko kasi ma-gets bakit siya nandun habang kumakain kami! Hihihi! =))
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