SquareMeal Review of
From the team behind the popular Table For 10 supper club comes this equally congenial Vietnamese restaurant – the work of Vietnamese-Australian Damon Bui. CôBa occupies a former corner pub on unlovely York Way, but its welcoming atmosphere and vibrant food deserve more than just neighbourhood success. Within, sandy-coloured surfaces, ample natural light and glints of copper evoke sunnier climes. Start by ordering small plates of exemplary spring or summer rolls, but don’t miss the prawn toast: gently fried, thick bread piled with juicy, crisp prawns slathered in spiced mayonnaise. Mains steer things back to Vietnam with generous noodle salads packed with barbecued meats, plus bowls of ramen or gently flavoured beef pho. Barbecued lamb chops (a daily special) were smoky, sticky and delicious. Finish with cake delivered from a nearby Aussie bakery, and expect a succinct list of cocktails and unusual wines. Pricing is occasionally high, but the value is good overall and the quality undeniable – long live CôBa.