Back in March York held its very first restaurant week whereby some of the many restaurants are offering special deals. One of which is a relatively new addition to York’s restaurant scene, Coto Kitchen, a Vietnamese restaurant. Therefore this was a great excuse to give it a go and so I printed off my voucher and headed out.
Unfortunately, it didn’t start well. We were shown to a nice table upstairs by a very friendly chap who said he would bring over the set menu that was the offer. Twenty minutes later we were still waiting for that menu and had only just had a drink order taken. Eventually, hunger overtook and we gave up on the special offer and just ordered off the normal menu, which is where things definitely improved.
The restaurant serves a mix of small plates and main courses with intriguing sounding Vietnamese names. We decided on a small plate each as a starter, the summer rolls with avocado and vegetarian spring rolls. Despite the restaurant being full, the starters arrived relatively quickly which was good considering the wait we had to place the order. The summer rolls were delicious, a chilled mix of avocado, bean sprouts and spice wrapped up in thin rice paper with mint leaves and served with a hoisin sauce. The vegetarian spring rolls actually turned up as pork spring rolls instead but my partner is always happy with extra meat so they were wolfed down pretty quickly and declared very tasty.
My main was quite a tricky decision as although it isn’t a huge menu there were lots of vegetarian options. Eventually, I plumped for the Com Chay, a dish of braised tofu served with jasmine rice, salad, crispy onion and peanuts. My dining companion went for the Com Ga Nurong, grilled honey and spiced chicken, again with rice, salad and crispy onion in a tamarind sauce.
Both dishes arrived in big bowls and smelt incredible they tasted even better. The tofu was spicy but not overly hot and was crispy on the edges but soft in the middle. The crispy onions gave it a nice contrast in texture. The chicken was tender with a nice sweet taste and just a hint of chilli. The real standout element of the dish though was the rice. It was absolutely gorgeous, sticky and flavourful, the perfect combination with the crisp herby salad.
Whilst not the cheapest of places the food was all fresh and absolutely delicious. This is a real hidden little gem of a find and we will definitely be heading back soon.
🍛 Meal for 2 with 2 bottles of wine: £45.40
🎉 My Highlight: The tofu with the jasmine rice
🍴 If we could change one thing…
The service at the beginning was very slow, but it was a busy night.