ADDRESS: 376 Karangahape Rd, City,
DINNER: Mon – Sat
MAINS: $30 – $34
SCORE: 14.5 / 20
Owners Renee and Damaris Coulter describe Coco’s Cantina as a simple neighbourhood restaurant serving home-style Italian food. This is exactly what they achieve in every aspect, from the fun, homely decorating touches, chatty casual service and delicious, uncomplicated food. A firm fixture on the K’ Road eating scene, Coco’s hasn’t suffered from complacency – quite the opposite, they have refined and perfected their offering. Expect plates brimming with perfectly seasoned pasta, a commitment to local, free-range and organic ingredients, and classics done oh so well. Seasonal delights and pops of unexpected flavours – such as a custard apple tart that’s beautifully made with creamy custard, short pastry, a crunchy bruleed top and firm but perfectly roasted apples – push Coco’s to the top of their neighbourhood restaurant billing.