Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant and Bar Restaurant Review, Palo Alto
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Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant and Bar is an Island focused restaurant open since 2008. They focus on Jamaican classics like Jerk Chicken. Some cool Steel drum live music was playing on our visit. Its chef also runs the cult classic Back-A-yard restaurant in Menlo Park.
Decor, Vibe – Quirky colorful interior with lots of colorful artwork. Bar area with counter seating, outdoor patio for Sunnier days. The place was packed with families, nearby locals, friends getting together, mostly folks in their 30′s to 40′s.
Soup of the day Spinach, Okra, Pork ($2.75 cup) was very good. An interesting green colored combination of zesty flavors.
Jerk Chicken and Tender braised oxtail ($16.25) was a great combination. Traditional Jerk chicken was very juicy and tender. Oxtail falls off the bone and is flavored perfectly. Good rice and beans too. Could have used more Plantains though. Order some extra on the side.
Jerk Salmon ($14.25) with whipped potatoes, green beans, papaya mustard salsa was a good sized chunk of grilled salmon. Cooked just right and enough flavor to make it stand out.
Macaroni and Cheese ($3.50) was awesome piece of baked goodness. A gourmet version almost as good as Flora’s in Oakland.
Sweet Potato Pudding ($6.95) A Caribbean dessert staple with caramelized crust was very dense and not too sweet. The sauce was super sweet. The two made a good balance.
Pina Colada ($7) reminded you of the Islands. Creamy and coconutty. Happy hour discount makes it cheaper.
Busha’s Jerk Pork Bites ($6.95) Mango Salsa, Jerk Dipping sauce had a good quantity of tender jerk pork that was pretty spicy and fatty. It is good if you are a spicy pork fan.
Rum Rummer ($8) with light rum, spiced rum, malibu, grenadine, 151 float, OJ was a fair combination that was not sweet, semi-potent, and not balanced.
Coconuts Caribbean Restaurant and Bar had very friendly service, a reflection of the Island focus. Prices were reasonable and the split portion upcharge of $2 was fair. Happy hour brings discount cocktails and beer. They have a Lunch menu and a tiny kids menu.
The food was very good, the atmosphere fun, making this place a no brainer. Sister Back-A-yard restaurant in Menlo Park may be a cheaper bet, but it does not have much flair.
Filed under: $$, 2.5 stars, California, Dine Again?, Go Again, Other Cuisine, Restaurant Cost, Restaurant Cuisine, Restaurant Location, Restaurant Rating, Restaurant Review, San Francisco Peninsula, United States | Tags: Caribbean Restaurant, Foodie, Jerk Chicken, Live Music, Oxtail, Palo Alto
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