A return to Coi proved to be a good choice. They have improved their dining room to a warmer interior but their service is just as friendly and fun. They serve a tasting menu an offer pairings however we chose to order our own wines. They started everyone with puffed rice crackers and a totally creamy avocado spread. The egg yolk, served in smoked olive oil was a mild taste but all the ingredients blended very nicely.
The geoduck was a lovely presentation with a crisp, succulent texture. The next really yummy thing was the artichoke stuffed with fava beans and sitting on a bed of lardo. The fava beans added more texture and color than taste but the artichoke was perfect. Remembering that we’d been there before they brought us out a special course of their popcorn grits and popcorn – a throwback to when we’d been there before. Totally wonderful! Some great asparagus were served with the mild tasting oysters. The duck was cooked perfectly with not a bit of liver taste. Both breads they served were warm and tasty. Dessert started with a Japanese mochi bun – very gelatinous with tastes of strawberries, mint and kumquat – different and nice. Sweet ice cream blending well with tart rhubarb. The taffy was just okay, but at that point I was fine with that. After our meal I was trying to get some kitchen pictures as we left and one of the waiters had notice Frankie checking out our table and wanted to know her story. He asked if she liked kitchen tours and immediately put her on the counter and snapped her photo and then one of the kitchen people brought out a fish to visit with her! A fun way to end the visit!!!