Saturday, September 21, 2013

Coco Bar African Food @ Solaris Dutamas

Looking for something a little unusual at Solaris Dutamas? Coco Bar's offerings fit the bill, though they might prove an acquired taste.

Coco Bar tackles the exotic adventure of West African cuisine; the kitchen's commandeered by at least one person from that region. Imported ingredients purportedly feature in this 'egusi' soup, a much-seasoned stew of melon seeds & leaf veggies.

Egusi can be enjoyed with 'ponmo' (RM10 nett), the rubbery hide of a cow, & internal organs like 'shaki' (tripe) & what-not. Probably not something we'd want to eat everyday.

To make the meal more filling: 'Eba,' starchy-grainy balls of dried grated cassava. A serving of the soup with this costs RM30, not exactly cheap but not excessively costly.

We like the African-style grilled fish at any rate: Whole sea bass, well-marinated, moist & meaty, served with fried plantains, onions, mayo & green chili sauce.

The fish is packaged with two glasses of wine (the white's better than the red) for RM85 nett.

No African cocktails, but two Mojitos come for the price of one (RM28 nett) during happy hours that stretch well past 8pm. Slightly more sweet than intoxicating, but perfectly fine for this price.

Coco Bar & Kitchen,
D4-G4-09, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Open 4pm through late. Tel: 03-6211-0708

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27 comments:

  1. this food looks quite special ~ =D

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    1. Mr Lonely: some interesting recipes here that very few restaurants in KL offer =)

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    1. Linda: it's a bit more of a bar than a restaurant, but i guess that works too, heh :D

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  3. Never tried even though at one time, I stayed right next to Out Of Africa in PJ. Somebody told me the food was good.

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    1. Suituapui: ooo, i really like Out Of Africa, though that's South African fare, fairly different from West African cooking, ya :D

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  4. Hmmm maybe I should go and try the food there, to prepare myself, hahaha.

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    1. CK: heheh, i hope there will be some italian restaurants instead for you to visit in your city of work next year. some of this west african food can be a bit difficult for us to really enjoy =)

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  5. The decor does look welcoming.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, we ended up sitting outside on the corridor, cos it was a bit too clubby with loud music indoors =)

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  6. Not so sure about the food, but worth a try. Like the deco as well !

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    1. Wong: heh, yeah, it's fun to try some food that might seem almost alien to us =)

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  7. I must visit both out of Africa and here then, since West African and South African food is different.
    But I wonder who would join me for such not-cheap yet exotic fare.. LOL

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, i think maybe start with Out Of Africa. the food there is hearty and tastes more pleasing for our asian palates, i think. West African food is a bit more difficult, in terms of both texture and flavor, heh =)

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  8. I have been away for awhile and my, you surprise me with African food! :) I do admit I miss reading your blog while I was away. Anthony Bourdain had featured this type of food in one of his many shows, and now thanks to you, I am pleasantly surprised I can try out this food soon, as it is just somewhere in the neighborhood! I have always wondered what is it like to eat fried plantain with savory dishes. I'd definitely check out this place when I go back to kl. Great post, Sean! :)

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: aww, thanks, that's very kind of you to say =) I hope you enjoy the food here. It's not exactly my cup of tea, but I guess it's fun to try things out of our comfort zone once in awhile :D

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  9. Wow, african cuisine, really very unique and special, i don't think we can find any here in Penang

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    1. Ken: yeah, I only know three or four outlets in the klang valley that serve west African food. I don't think it'd be very popular with Malaysian customers though, heh =)

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  10. The fish and wine is affordably priced! Must say that fish looks good too!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, it's interesting that they packaged the fish & wine together (we can't order the fish on its own). and the fish took 30 mins to prepare, but it was pretty nice. tasted fresh and was very fleshy :D

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  11. this is really food for the adventurous. I haven't try any of the african cuisine before but I guess there will always be a first for everything.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, some of the cow ingredients on the menu might be a bit scary, and a lot of the other dishes also were quite unfamiliar to us (no translation on the menu). i guess it's worth trying if you wanna give your taste buds a scare, heheh =)

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  12. i pretty much like the place! the ambience is nice.. people there are lovely, they very much make u cozy. as for the food, it sets a tinge of surprise to you senses!

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    1. Coco Bar: that's a cool description =)

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  13. I am enjoying the expanding variety of cultural cuisines on the KL food scene now compared to yesteryears.

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    1. Happyeverafter Bride: that's true, the diversity keeps on growing! =)

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  14. Is this still open? Do they deliver? The telephone no. Is not working

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