Friday, July 24, 2009

Cochin Restaurant, Surry Hills

How was it?
Food: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10

Ambience: 7/10
Value: $$

Asparagus Veloute

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.

Creme Caramel

Chocolate Mousse

Creme Brulee

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.

Cochin Restaurant
61 Fitzroy St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9358 5388
Cochin on Urbanspoon


  1. i like how you summarise your experience at the end of your blog. very helpful. i ordered off the menu many years ago but wondered what the degustation was like. the $30 deal sounds pretty good value. did you have to share the pork hock and five spice duck off one plate? i've heard the pho soup next door is supposed to be quite nice.

  2. Ohhh I've always gone past this place and wondered what it was because of the weird squiggle on the door! It actually looks pretty tasty and good value!

  3. wow, 30 bucks for a degustation is awesome value. Bu the think the burnt creme brulee at the end of the meal would have put me off. But the duck sounds really good. So well worth it in the end I think.

  4. Oooh I love a good deala ndthanks for letting us know about this Betty! It looks tres fabulous :D And yes I always notice the dungeon like doors when we drive past lol

  5. Hi Simon: Thank you! Yep, we decided to share everything, it wasn't too hard! Oh ok, might give that a try if I'm ever in the area and keen for some Pho!

    Hi Steph: Yeah you get to choose from a range of mains, so you might find even tastier things!

    Hi Maria: Yep, I think it was definitely worth it for $30!

    Hi Lorraine: No worries :) They do look like dungeon doors don't they?! Weird. But the $30 deal is not bad.

  6. !! I work just a block from this restaurant and always wondered what kind of food they serve! great to know! :)

  7. Hi Yas: Ooh Cool. Yep, it's a nice little place!

  8. i was just looking at their website! a friend of mine wants to go here.. and i saw a few vego options on the menu which was exciting!
    id rather look through a vego part, rather than read through the menu & see what i can'can't eat, and hopefully ask for a special made dish that doesnt include any types of meat hehe

  9. Hi Betty: Oh cool! Yeah isn't it kind of cruel to look at things you can't eat! I'm not sure about their vego options, but they're weeknight deals are pretty good.


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