Decadent Date Spot: Co Co. Sala, Washington, DC

I knew about this restaurant, Co Co. Sala, that infuses chocolate into most of its menu items, but for some reason with no logical explanation, I had never been.  I decided to take my family there when they visited for me Christmas, because if there’s one other woman in this world who appreciates chocolate as much as I do, it’s my mother.

Let me just start by saying, “Oh wow, I loved it!”  The interior of the restaurant was dark and dramatic, with red velvet couches and candlelight—an excellent spot for a date (but fun for the family too…).  I promised my 6’7 brother-in-law, Jumbo, that I would mention that the furniture was miniature.  This was not a problem for me, but he was a bit uncomfortable.  (Disclaimer:  these are some of the worst pictures I’ve ever taken in a restaurant.  I’m sorry!  I’m working with an iPhone and it was dark.)

Restaurant Interior

Everything about this place said DECADENCE, from the interior to the cocktails to the food.  The cocktails ($13) were like dessert.  I tried the Fetish (the name alone makes it appealing, right?), a drink of fresh strawberries, chocolate-infused vodka, and strawberry foam, garnished with a chocolate dipped strawberry—AMAZING!  And, feeling the need for another sweet drink after that, I also ordered the Wild Winter, a mix of spiced apple cider, Evan Williams honey bourbon, and pecan liqueur with a rim of house-made caramel—is it bad that I was licking the caramel off the glass?

CocktailsThe menu items are small plates, meant to be shared.  I loved this about the experience.  Each dish we ordered had a unique and delicious combination of flavors, and we got to try several of them, so the meal stayed very interesting.  Some of the dishes were more memorable than others (lamb sliders!  bacon mac and cheese!), but none of them were disappointing.

We started with a delightfully light and refreshing Beet Salad ($10) with red and golden beets, goat cheese, peanuts and Spanish sherry vinaigrette.  We also had the Strawberry “Caprese” Flatbread ($10), a twist on a caprese salad, with strawberries, basil, and smoked mozzarella.  They snuck in the chocolate with a cacao infused basil and asparagus vinaigrette!

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The Creole Crabcake ($14) with mango salsa, chipotle chocolate tomato glaze and avocado cilantro emulsion was pretty tasty.  I absolutely loved the Lamb Sliders Duo ($12), a little burger with curry and coconut lamb, potatoes and green peas, and a tangy lime yogurt sauce.  The Blue Cheese Beef Sliders Duo ($12) was pretty awesome too.  These little guys had mole sauce, sautéed spinach and wild mushrooms.  And, let’s talk about the Bacon Mac and Cheese for a moment ($9)—have you ever had dark chocolate covered bacon?  Just sayin’.

sliders, mac and cheese, crabcakes

Of course, even though most things on the menu had a hint of chocolate, we still had to save room for dessert.  We tried the Churros for Two with Dulce de Leche and Chocolate ($9).  The chocolate sauce was wonderful.  I was eating it with a spoon.  The churros were a little too thin, in my opinion, but it was still a satisfying dish.

ChurrosThen there was the Pumpkin and Spice ($14).  This was a crowd pleaser at my table—chocolate brioche and pumpkin pie bread pudding (should I go on?), toasted chocolate marshmallow, sage and pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin seed granola and brittle, and pumpkin spice bon bon!

Pumpkin and Spice

The service was good, the food was great, the ambience romantic.  Does someone want to take me there again?  I will accept!

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