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Dan Channer
5th January 2014
 
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23 Cowley Road
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Tel: 01865 200232


 
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A cold, wet, grey and windy Sunday in January is enough to challenge any optimist. The Christmas revelry is a fading memory and mind and body are yet to fully acclimatise to the New Year. Hence it was a treat to walk into Café Coco at the foot of the Cowley Road and be welcomed by a beaming smile.

As the four of us (wife and two kids aged 5 and 3) settled into a table we took in the bohemian-meets-funky-meets-bistro aesthetic. A glamorous U-shaped bar dominates the room with raised tables on either side. All chairs were occupied and the space buzzed with the easy chit-chat of people happy to be where they are. Half the guests seemed to be families, some with three generations and in all the time we were there we didn’t hear any children screaming, which could be an interesting example of positive peer group pressure.

The children’s menu is good value at £6 for a drink, main course and pudding. The main course options are pizza, pesto pasta with tomatoes or chicken, or a super food salad with feta cheese. We have more chance of being abducted by aliens than persuading our offspring to order salad over pasta or pizza but I congratulate parents for whom this is an unforced choice. The drinks quickly arrived with pencils and paper and we set to work creating a pink dinosaur. The wife and I swapped gender stereotypes. I swerved the extensive range of pizzas and ordered the Seared Salmon Superfood Salad (leading by example…) and this was fantastic. The salmon was seared to perfection and served atop quinoa, kale, edamame beans, cranberries and chia seeds topped with a sesame oil dressing. For any ‘healthy’ dish to gain traction it must be delicious first and healthy second, and I am sure that by the end of 2014 this will still be one of the best things I have eaten all year.

The wife went for a Half English with Cumberland sausages, fried eggs and wholegrain doorstep bread. Suffice to say little of her breakfast was offered to the rest of her family which is always a sign that someone is enjoying their food. The children’s pasta was well cooked but if anything the portion sizes were too much for two young girls.

On a miserable day Café Coco offered a restorative oasis and our meal was threaded with calm, friendly service.

THE MEAL
Ceylon tea - £2.40, Cumberland Sausages and Fried Eggs - £7, Seared Salmon Superfood Salad - £11, Two Children's Menus - £6 each

GOOD POINTS
✓ Wonderful superfood salad
✓ Friendly service
✓ Easygoing atmosphere
✓ Retro but glamorous decor
✓ Great location
 
 
 
 
   
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