Starving for an Asian dish but don’t have any idea where to go? Although I don’t eat in bad restaurants or bistros, I love great food, and I love Asian food in particular. I prefer Vietnamese (e.g., Pho Bo, Bun Bo Nam Bo) or Japanese (e.g., sushi or ramen), but if there is a good Chinese Kung Pao I would go ahead and try it. For typical and authentic Vietnamese cuisine, check my review of Pho Viet Huong, and for Thai dishes I would recommend Yam, Yam restaurant (review coming soon). For Japanese sushi, I love sushi from a place called Baifu near Brumlovka, as they have running sushi for a nice price, and they make many variations of fresh sushi from maki, nigiri, and California rolls to small Japanese desserts made from rice and rice milk (review coming soon, too).
This time I chose COA restaurant, an Asian restaurant situated in the city center. When I say it is an Asian restaurant, I mean truly Asian, as they don’t focus just on one Asian country’s cuisine but they cover most of them. You can find Vietnamese Pho there as well as Japanese sushi. They even have Thai red or green curry with coconut milk! Is quantity or variety better than the quality of the dish? Not at all! If you like to eat the authentic dishes from each Asian country, I would normally recommend a specific restaurant for different cuisine, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the quality is bad at all in restaurants that serve dishes from them all.
COA, a place serving many different Asian dishes, is good but not the best. Why not the best? I usually go there with my colleagues for lunch because they have lunch menu from 11 am to 3 pm for a better price. For this price, the quality of food is great, but for the ordinary price in the evening you can definitely find a better place in Prague. I won’t say the restaurant is expensive; but on the other hand, you can find better-quality Asian dishes in Prague for less. The quality of their food is good. Not Michelin star quality, but if you are looking for nice, fast service or a good quality Pho Bo for your lunch, I would go and try it.
If you would like to save some money, go there for their lunch menu, and if you pop up in this restaurant more than once you should also try their benefits program. How does it work? Every time when you eat any lunch in the restaurant you will get a signature on a card that you receive on your first visit during lunchtime. After 5 meals and 5 signatures on your card, your 6th meal is for free! Unfortunately, this works only for lunch meals during the week, but as we go there quite often with my colleagues, I appreciate this program. Seriously, who gives you anything for free nowadays? And if so it is usually every 10th coffee/drink etc. (no offense, I love you Starbucks, and I appreciate everything you do, but I’m not talking about coffee now).
Back to the restaurant review… what is the final verdict? It is absolutely worth a visit and you won’t be disappointed if you are not looking for anything extraordinary, but you will likely be satisfied with their service, food and lunch program. My recommendation is their Pho Bo or Pho Ga. You get fresh chili peppers with it, so if you don’t feel well it is really a great flu treatment, as the peppers in the broth are strong enough to kill the virus!