St. Christopher’s Place provides a vast range of high street boutiques and dining experiences. Cocochan is one Pan-Asian restaurant which can be uncovered within this beautiful and vibrant corner, only a few minutes away from Bond Street station.
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 8.5/10
Service - 8.5/10
Value for Money - 5/10
An award-winning restaurant serving up Pan-Asian food, located within the St. Christopher Place quarter.
Price Range: £££
Telephone: 020 7486 1000
Address: 38-40 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1EU
Nearest Station: Bond Street
With a craving for Thai food, my girlfriend and I came across Cocochan. With the hustle and bustle Boxing Day sales brings you, we were both starving and couldn’t resist walking away. Cocochan is one of the restaurants which currently holds the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and by the looks of their interior, I can see why! The interior of the restaurant provides a warm welcome with high ceiling lights and flowers wrapped across the walls.
Starters and Drinks
Going through the menu there were different options of starters to choose from ranging from your Japanese style Tempuras to your usual Vegetable Spring Rolls. We both went in choosing the Vegetable Spring Rolls and the Chicken Croquettes. The Chicken Croquettes were something we both saw and instantly said yes to.
We had a look at the drinks menu and were very surprised by the price of a mocktail…at £10 each! We chose to settle on orange juice, however, even that set us back a fiver.
Both starters came after a few minutes and were both served with complementary sauces, Spring Rolls coming with sweet chilli and Croquettes coming with Mayo. The Vegetable Spring Rolls tasted wonderful with finely cut up and shredded carrots and veg. The Chicken Croquettes tasted okay; however, they were messy as crumbs were left on the table.
The mains involved a Sweet Chilli Chargrilled Chicken and a Chicken Thai Green Curry Bowl. Both mains were ordered with a portion of Jasmine Rice each as they do not come as part of the main dish.
The presentation of the mains was decent with no mess provided on the plates, however, the plate for the chargrilled chicken seemed half empty as the salad covered most of the chicken hidden underneath with a quarter of the plate fully empty. I guess this gave a place for me to mix my rice onto the plate.
The taste of the chargrilled chicken was astounding, and you could really taste the sweet chilli and lime flavours. The chicken was soft to cut through and you were able to tell this chicken had been marinating for a long time. The flavours for the green curry were well bonded together as there was a great balance of coconut and spice in the dish. Although it was a great dish, I would think twice before coming back due to the pricing. The same cuisine with such enriched flavours can be found elsewhere at a much friendlier price.
Cocochan provides a variety of different desserts. One dessert which we were intrigued to try was the Dark Chocolate Fondant & Coconut Ice Cream. The restaurant really prides on their presentation as the fondant came served on a plate with a large bamboo leaf and all covered with white icing.
I got the opportunity to break into the fondant and the chocolate came all oozing out onto the leaf. The chocolate was warm, so we were able to eat without having to wait for it to cool down. This did strike a bit odd as normally fondants come served hot. The ice cream didn’t really have any taste so we couldn’t really tell whether it was coconut or not. Our let down on the dessert were the amounts of crystallised ice in the ice cream. All we could taste was grinding ice in our mouths, to which we just had to leave the ice cream aside.
St. Christopher’s Place provides a great essence in the warm hearting area hidden away from Oxford Street. Cocochan does provide great food with the presentation being a strong element of theirs, however, the pricing just doesn’t live up to the food that’s provided.