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A high-design proposition just behind Selfridges, Cocochan appeals to those who have frocks to fit into by touting pan-Asian small plates & exotic, protein-forward mains. Dim sum is an
affordable sharing treat for retail-therapy refugees, while main courses might be plain & simple steamed fish with soy, lamb rump with kimchi or a rather lacklustre version of pad thai.
Meanwhile, desserts forsake the Far East in favour of westernised creations often involving chocolate. Readers rate the Chilean sea bass with chilli bean dumplings & a salad of confit duck
& watermelon, while noting that not every dish delivers. A bold, modernist interior features geometric screens, moody lighting, mirrored latticework & black bamboo tabletops – sexy
cocktails might seem like an appropriate call, but any attempts at food matching are folly.
I know nothing more about Japanese cuisine and culture than I do from the film Lost in Translation and Wagamama. Therefore I jumped at the chance when I got invited to a sake tasting in conjunction with the Japanese festival of Hanami, Akashi-Tai Sake and Cocochan Restaurant to educate me.Hanami is a traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of the Cherry Blossom. The Hanami season is the end of March to early May...
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