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Sunday, August 3, 2014

COCA Restaurant celebrates one year at Skypark, SM Aura

 COCA Restaurant at Skypark SM Aura Premier celebrates one year of good business last July 30, 2014 at the 5th level  and they have chosen to give back to the community by partnering with Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y). The restaurant has been well-known for its “Suki” steamboat dining. COCA started out with a 20 seater at Soi Dejo, Thailand by Mr. Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife, Mrs. Patama. I was lucky enough to be invited and taste the Thai-Chinese fusion here in SM Aura branch.

The name “COCA” is derived from Mandarin “kekou” which means “appetizing.” COCA Restaurant is well known for Thai-style “Suki” steamboat dining. It is a Thai variant of hot pot, where dining clients can cook vegetables, meat, and noodles in a steaming hot broth. From the restaurant’s Thai roots, Coca Restaurant has later on become more diverse with their food as they created a fusion between Thai and Chinese cuisine. It now has various branches in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Laos, Vietnam, Korea, and the latest addition to the pack, Philippines.

This is how our  Emperor’s Platter with Ojiya (PHp 2750) looks like, it was a combination of vegetables, mushroom, and seafood (read: big crab)  You will dip cook everything in either tom yum soup (which is my favorite) and clear chicken broth in this pan (picture above)

The Emperor's Platter

Our waiter helped us cook everything , while other dishes were served such as these;

Sweet and sour pork (php 350.00)

 Seafood Durian Spring Roll  (php 420.00)

Spicy Seafood Salad

This spicy salad is a combination of jelly fish and seafood among others and their special suki sauce. I love that they served this as an appetizer.

Galorgee (Small - php 250,00,  Large - php 450.00)
We ordered Galorgee or "palitaw" for you as our dessert. This is crispy to the bite with peanuts, sugar and sesame seed. This is made of crispy glutinous rice. Best to eat when served hot.

COCA Restaurant has the classic interior and ambience inside.  They have a wide selection of Thai-Chinese menu to choose from. What stands out for me is their Emperors Platter, but has a steep price tag. The catch is you dont have to fly to Thailand, Singapore or Japan just to have a dip of their menu.

In line with one year of good business, Coca Restaurant has partnered up with (LP4Y) to give back to the community. According to Coca Restaurant’s general manager, Ms. Karen Tanchanco-Caballero, “Business has been really well for the past year, and I think it’s the right time to give back to the community. This partnership with LP4Y, which gives the excluded youths a chance to build their careers and become more productive members of society, is a perfect way of giving back.

Aurelie Garancher of (LP4Y) told “We are very happy and excited in this partnership with Coca Restaurant. We see this as a chance to help more youths gain experience and discover possible hidden potentials. Together with Coca Restaurant, we hope to help them build their career as much as we can.”

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