With over 40 years of cooking and teaching experience in the Thai food market, Executive Chef and owner, Chef Mike Ponluang decided to create Coco Asian Bistro and Bar in Ft. Lauderdale. The beautiful atmosphere, spacious environment, and friendly wait staff make your dining experience like no other. Coco Asian Bistro is suited for any type of visit; whether you’re looking for a place to grab drinks or wanting to enjoy a full meal. With live music and an array of tasty drinks to choose from, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
Coco Asian’s menu offers a variety of gluten free options. More importantly, the staff makes sure to point out the dishes that you might not normally order at an asian restaurant for fear of gluten contamination. They pride themselves in offering common asian dishes with a gluten free twist and they don’t skimp out on taste and quality when doing so.
Coco Asian’s Recommended Dishes:
When you plan your visit, you should definitely start off with a drink. We enjoyed a wonderful Lychee Martini; not too sweet and just enough spirit to get you nice and relaxed and ready to enjoy the end of any work week.
We then started with an order of their Papaya Salad and their Tuna Ceviche. The Papaya Salad had shrimp, soft shell crab, dried shrimp, shredded green papaya, carrot, string bean, peanut, lime juice and tomatoes. it was really fresh, and could easily serve as a entree for anyone who’s looking to have a light dinner.
Their Tuna Ceviche had diced tuna, sushi rice, avocado, shallot, green apple, cashew nut, chili, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and topped with fried shallot. This unique twist on a Peruvian classic is a refreshing spin on the popular ceviche dish that everyone loves.
We followed the small plates with a generously portioned bowl of Red Curry with chicken. With slight hints of spiciness, this creamy soupy dish had plenty of red peppers, green peppers, sweet peas, and zucchini to mark off your veggie intake for the day. In my opinion, red curry is a classic Thai comfort food, and accompanied with a nice hot bowl of white rice, you really can’t go wrong.
One of the dishes we knew we had to try was their gluten free Fried Rice. Chef’s take on Coco Asian’s fried rice was definitely one we’ve never tried before, with Multi-grain rice, red kidney beans, mung beans, peas, stir fried with egg, tomatoes, scallion, and onions. Probably one of our favorite dishes on their gluten free menu, we could have definitely ordered some more to go.
Next we tried their Pad Thai, which contained rice noodles with scallions, bean sprouts, eggs diced tofu, sweet radishes and peanuts, and topped with freshly grilled shrimp. I mean, if the presentation doesn’t say it all, I don’t know what will. This dish was really tasty and filling, and can be easily shared amongst friends.
Coco Asian also offers a variety of sushi rolls to choose from if you’re really not in the mood for a heavy meal. Wth a list full of options you really can’t go wrong, just remember to stay away from anything that has Tempura, Soy Sauce or Eel sauce.
We finished everything off with their gluten free Molten Lava Cake, accompanied with freshly cut strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. This tiny yet decadent treat was the perfect end to our evening.
Coco Asian brings the whole dining experience together, offering a beautiful environment to dine in, great live music playing in the background, and an impeccable wait staff. We really enjoyed our visit and will definitely stop by again the next time we’re in the neighborhood.