How was it?
Miss LV, Miss Toronto and I don’t usually dine out on a weekday night, with hectic lives and work schedules and what-not. But, what brought us together on a particular Wednesday night was a $30 banquet (6 course meal)
at Cochin Restaurant
in Surry Hills
. (Yes, if you couldn’t already tell, I love a special deal/promotion!). The restaurant serves a fusion of Vietnamese and French cuisine and the special banquet is only available every Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The front doors of Cochin reminded me of dungeon doors! Very big, heavy and metal. The room itself however is very chic, two rows of black lounges and chairs fill out the room. The restaurant was pretty quiet, with only one other party in the room. I found that the service was great and the lady there was so kind and attentive, she reminded me of a mother or an aunty.
Spring Rolls and Fresh Prawn Summer Rolls
The first item on the banquet menu was the asparagus veloute
(top picture). It was smooth and thick, but I did find it a tad bit salty. Next item was the spring rolls
which were nice and crispy and fresh prawn summer rolls
which were light and well, fresh!
Coco Garlic Prawns
Bread for Coco Garlic Prawns
The garlic prawns were nice and juicy, however a little bit too sweet, so it was good to have the bread to soak up the juices and even out the palate.
Pork Hock served with Papaya Salad
The pork hock
was very tender and fell apart easily, it was very flavoursome but I did find it a little bit dry. The papaya salad
was quite bland, not the typical hot chilli papaya salad that I am used too -but any form of veges are welcome.
Tumeric Curry Fish
Miss Toronto and I really enjoyed the flavour of tumeric curry fish
fillets, however Miss LV was not a fan as she thought the fish were too dry.
Five Spice Duck
The five spice duck was definitely the all-round favourite this evening. The meat was lovely and tender and the overall dish was simple and uncomplicated.
Very sad to report that the desserts were rather dissappointing. The creme caramel
and chocolate mousse
both tasted very powdery, whilst the creme brulee
was a little bit too runny. Perhaps they weren’t offering their best desserts on the banquet menu?
I was really impressed with the amount of effort they put into the presentation of each plate. I was expecting pretty mediocre food considering that it was a set menu, but I was pleasantly surprised by a few of their dishes. I think that there is a lot of potential in this little restaurant and definitely worth a try if you’re in the mood for a nice, quiet and relaxing dinner.
61 Fitzroy St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9358 5388