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Cocomango Philippine Restaurant

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by Andrew Gill (subscribe)
Im a former English teacher, currently working in the world of galleries, museums and cultural services. More importantly I'm a dad and husband on the lookout for family friendly activities.
Published June 28th 2015
Sounds like a 50s Nightclub, actually a Philippine Restauran
Sounds like a 50s nightclub but actually a Philippine restaurant......and Karaoke bar too.

Philippine, karaoke, new food, experience, restaurant, redcliffe
Dark warm timbers and bamboo interior

This is one of those places I have contemplated since it opened but have never taken a chance on, having no clue whatsoever what Philippine food was and being a bit put off by the fact it is always pretty empty.

By chance a friend recommended it one morning and said the service was quick (always vital for a work day) and the food good, but different, so I decided to give it a whirl for lunch. As I walked in a saw a menu board for a $10 lunch deal, which is available every weekday and I think weekends, but didn't know a single dish so with tantalised taste buds and the thrill of something new I went in.

Philippine, karaoke, new food, experience, restaurant, redcliffe
Mystery Menu

I was greeted straight away by a very friendly staff member who seated me and gave me the menu. The menu was a little more revealing than the board out front, but not by much, so I asked a few questions and had a go.

Philippine, karaoke, new food, experience, restaurant, redcliffe
The full menu, with loads of choice.

While I waited I looked around the nearly empty room and had three thoughts in quick succession.

This Place is Beautifully decorated

Why is it empty?

I hope the food is ok

Philippine, karaoke, new food, experience, restaurant, redcliffe
Beautiful interior

I only waited ten minutes to find out, as that's when my food arrived. For a $10 deal generous is a massive understatement, but the food did not look all that pretty, and the soup with lettuce just looked weird, but I dug in and gave it a go. The soup was very sour and a little off putting, and the rice very garlicky, until I woke up to the fact that there were a lot of elements on the plate and started mixing it up. The noodles with the pork belly, which was actually awesome all on its own, was FAB, and the rice and soup balanced each other very well. I couldn't eat it all (and I am a guy with a decent appetite) and once I got mixing I enjoyed it very much. The green cake, I think melon, was very sweet but ended the meal wonderfully.

Philippine, karaoke, new food, experience, restaurant, redcliffe
Far better than it looks

I can't judge if it's authentic, being my first experience of Philippine food, and I have no doubt some people will try it and feel that I have steered them wrong, as I don't think it would be for everyone's taste.

Overall I love trying new foods and will eat here again, but will it replace Thai, Indian and Chinese as my go to lunch options? Probably not, although I do sense that the more I try it the more it will grow on me.
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Why? To try something new.
When: Lunch and dinner
Phone: 38894282
Where: 142 Sutton St, Redcliffe QLD
Cost: $10 Special
Your Comment
Nice to see a review of something different. Phillipino food in my opinion is the 'bomb'. But even better when you know what you are having and how to eat it. Search for a pork or chicken Adobo with rice and if it's authentic I'd say you would rate Phillipino food higher than some of it's Asian or Indian counterparts.
by cara (score: 0|2) 2709 days ago
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