Lunch at CO
In Vietnamese, CO means "feast"!
Today I knew I wanted to try something different for lunch, so I hit up my sister and told her to choose the place. When it comes to good food and trying new places, my sister is definitely the go to person. Not just because she loves food, but because she is the one who does her research before trying places. She actually takes the time to check out the reviews to see what others have to say about the food, service or overall vibe of the restaurant. Being that we both work near the south side of charlotte, there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from. I had to hit up the post office on my lunch, so we decided to narrow our search down to park road. If you are familiar with that part of Charlotte, than you know that there are a gazillion restaurants in that area, so the discussion was tough. After a heavy debate we decided to go to CO, a Vietnamese restaurant that specializes in modern Asian dishes, craft cocktails and more.
We went around 12:00pm, and although they don’t take reservations, to my surprise there wasn’t a wait. When we walked in I was impressed with how modern the restaurant was. From the cut out ceilings, to the bar, to the quaint seats, the vibe of the restaurant was nice! We got greeted by the cutest young lady who happened to also be a waitress. As she walked us to our seats, I immediately fell in love. She sat us right in the front, next to the floor to ceiling windows, at a two seater table. If you know me, then you know that I am all about dramatic windows because it makes any space seem bigger and the lighting is AMAZING!
After looking over the menu and checking out the site, It dawned on me that I had actually been to their other location in Savannah, GA for my birthday one year. It was a lot small, intimate set up. But I remember that I had tried a new dish that consisted of curry, chicken, noodles and some form of broth. I wasn’t too much of a fan because the curry smell was overtaking my senses and I couldn’t really enjoy it. So, I told myself that this time, I would stay away from anything curry related. My sister highly recommended the pork and ginger gyoza dumplings, so I said let’s try it. And I am glad I did. While, I am not a real pork eater this little bites were delicious. I am a bread lover, so the dough that was used for the dumplings was what I really liked. They were fried just right and to top it off they had a soy scallion sauce that was pretty tasty.
For my entrée I decided to go with the pad thai with chicken. It consisted of rice noodles, tamarind, bean sprouts, egg, carrots, onions, scallions, peanuts. Now I know you’re probably thinking this is a very weird combination, especially with the peanuts. research But I told myself I would try something new. I will say, that despite the fact they were real heavy on the peanuts, the dish was actually pretty good. The chicken was seasoned good and it was pretty amazing that I could taste all the different flavors of the food, and magically they worked. I learned that the sauce they had over the noodles was made with peanuts. So they add them to the dish for more flavor, but next time I am definitely going to get the dish without them.
My sister decided to get a light dish for lunch. She had the pork belly buns which consisted of pork belly, pickled cucumber, carrots, hoisin, cilantro on a steamed lotus leaf bun. I didn’t taste it, but from the way she was savoring the flavor, I’d have to say he loved it!
Overall, I will have to say this was a pretty good lunch experience. I’m glad that I decided to step outside my comfort zone and try something new because it ended up to be a good one. The only downside to coming to this restaurant is the parking lot. It is located within a strip mall in the midst of other restaurants and stores, so parking was a tad bit crazy. But, if you’re up for the challenge I say it’s worth it. From me, CO gets a solid 9 out of 10.