Coco Rico Cafe
1290 Robson Street
Way back to June/July last year, during the World Cup 2010, PO and I went to some of the sport bars in the Robson/Denman area of Downtown Vancouver to have lunch and, well, watch some games. One of the places we tried to go was Coco Rico Cafe, given their emphasis on TVs to watch sports. However, on the day we went, something really odd happened: despite they are even open for breakfast, when we arrived, we were told the kitchen was closed and, given we were there for lunch, basically we were turned around. Ever since, we have mentioned it again and again, wondering if it was worth visiting. When we were running out of places nearby to visit, we decided to drop by. It might as well be as good as any time, ain’t it?
Upon walking in, it is pretty obvious they have their share of TVs. However, given the small space and layout, some people might have to turn around to be able to watch the games. But, hey, when you are watching the game! However, we weren’t there to watch any games but for the food and, after some discussion back and forth…
We started off with a pizza – their Coco pizza. While they had entree type dishes (namely pasta and some steak/beef dishes), we ordered dishes that would be on the lines of what would be ordered if you were there for a game. And, I guess pizza sort of fit that profile. When it arrived, I made a funny remark, on the lines of “doesn’t this look like Delissio/DiGiorno/frozen pizza?” As soon as we took a bite, that remark wasn’t that funny anymore. If you have had their crispy pizza, you then have a very good idea of what to expect. If not, let’s say that it felt as a cracker with some savoury ingredients on top. Was it really a frozen pizza? Let’s just say I am not sure I want to find out…
Since we ordered a dish that can be considered an entree, we could order 10 wings for $2.50. Take THAT, Zabu Chicken!!! OK, you might wonder what is that container on the side. For some strange reason, we chose to order the sauce on the side and that’s where it went. On that note, among the sauces they had, we went for the honey garlic. While some of the wings were on the small side, at least, it wasn’t fried to crisp to the point the meat was almost jerky/non-existant. So, from that perspective, it was good.
To make up our last dish in this meal, we ordered their seafood platter, which has sauteed shrimp, fish and chips and mussels. Depending on your perspective of what it should be here, it can go both ways. Shrimps felt more on the lines of cocktail shrimp (i.e., cold shrimp with cocktail sauce), while the mussles were cold with some salsa. The fish, unlike a lot of restaurants, had a thin batter, though, alas, the pieces themselves were small and resulted in a bit of overcooking. Still, as fish and chips, it was good in its own ways, specially considering their tartar sauce was thick and a bit acidic. In fact, at one point, we were starting to dip the fries in that sauce!
Overall, the food was just OK at best with some small highlights. However, let’s face this: it is a pub/sports bar. Should we expect better? If it was really good, that might already be a surprise by itself. But, in this case, it wasn’t. In fact, if I were looking for a sports bar, I can think of other places nearby, like Fogg N’ Sudds across the street.