Hot Spots: Co Co. Sala

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My husband did something very romantic for Valentine’s Day this year – he completely surprised me! It’s a huge feat because we are both terrible at keeping surprises and are huge homebodies. For the past six years, my husband has always cooked a grand dinner, complete with appetizers, main course and one of my favorite desserts for Valentine’s Day. It’s a lot of work, and I’ve always been super appreciative his time and effort in the kitchen. This year, he needed a break. Enter Co Co. Sala.

I’ve been lusting over this restaurant for years, and I still remember the very first time I heard about it. An old coworker was raving about this restaurant that infused chocolate into everything – drinks, desserts and dinner! A meal complete with chocolate touches in every course? I was hooked! I do love chocolate, and I blame that on my mother. She craved chocolate while pregnant with me, so I guess I’ve had chocolate running through my veins since birth! Sometimes, I wish she would have craved kale or carrots or broccoli. Any vegetable really.

You can find Co Co. Sala in downtown Washington, DC. While it was truly a great experience, the atmosphere for a big group of people seems much more invigorating than the tables for two. The tables for two are very close together, so it’s almost as if you are dining with the couple to your right and left. It’s not exactly romantic being able to hear everyone’s conversations around you and being far apart from your significant other. I adjusted, but my husband would have preferred more privacy for our dining experience.

That being said, the food and drinks were incredible. I tried two different drinks – a Co Cojito, a play on the Mojito but with chocolate vodka and dark chocolate shavings and the Fetish – chocolate infused vodka, strawberry foam and a chocolate-dipped berry on top. Both were delicious, but the Fetish was almost sinful. It was the perfect blend of strawberry-chocolate, and really, I would have been over the moon just drinking those all night!

Most of the entrees are small bites, like tapas, so you can pick a few to try and share. I had the Scallops, which were done to perfection. They were crusted with cocoa nibs and came with a citrus glaze. My other small plate was the Blue Cheese Beef Slider Duo, topped with a co co. mole sauce. They were delicious. The beef was so tender, and the mole really made the dish. My husband had a larger plate, the Beef Tenderloin, with a gruyere and cocoa bean crust. Co Co. Sala nailed the tenderloin. In fact, my husband said it was one of the most perfectly prepared cuts of beef he’s ever had. From a South Dakota, meat and potatoes boy, that’s huge.

I know, you’re waiting for the grand finale – dessert! We both shared The Chocolate Onyx – dark mousse, salted caramel, creme brûlée, brownie, should I keep going? Along with the Sinful Sip, a shot of Patron Cafe xo, white chocolate and caramel, it was the perfect ending to a lovely night. I highly recommend a visit..or two..or three! I can’t wait to go back, come with an empty stomach and try out more of the menu.

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