Through our blogging adventures, we’ve discovered that D.C. can lack in delicious brunch options—particularly on Saturdays. Chocolate confectionery Co Co Sala recently began serving brunch on Saturdays, so, off we went. I had heard Co Co Sala was over-rated and over-priced; however, I was pleasantly surprised.
Co Co Sala offers a brunch prix fixe priced at $22, which begins with a chocolate confection of the day followed by your choice of a main dish and a dessert. The day’s confection was a warm chocolate-hazelnut bon-bon and in my dreams I have an endless supply of them.
The main dishes all sounded delectable—Hotcake Obsession, Cheese Magic, Breakfast Flatbread, Grownup Grilled Cheese—and, wait for it—French Toast S’mores. I die. The French toast—cinnamon brioche stuffed with house-made marshmallow, dark chocolate and graham shortbread, warm banana compote, and milk chocolate mousse—was a little too much for me that Saturday, but I intend to go back to indulge soon. Instead, I decided on the Cheese Magic, a twice baked cheese soufflé with leek sauce and tomato marmalade, with a light and sweet balsamic, walnut, cranberry salad. I wasn’t sure if food could be magical, but, after one bite, I determined it was, in fact, magic.
My co-bitch had the Grown-up Grilled Cheese made with truffle oil and a side salad. The truffle oil added great flavor and the brioche was crispy and light.
For dessert, I gave into s’mores seduction with the Some More Crème Brulee—chocolate crème brulee topped with toasted marshmallow and graham cracker crumble. It was heavenly.
On the down side, the service was amazingly slow. This was the first Saturday brunch and the restaurant was under-staffed and over-whelmed. (Brunch took 2.5 hours). However, our waiter was sweet-as-pie and overly apologetic.
The bitches say: A, we’ll let them slide on the slow service—this time—because the chocolate was delectable and the cheese magical.
P.S. Beyond the prix fix it is easy to run up your bill with sides like cheddar hash browns ($4.50) and fresh squeezed orange juice ($4), or cocktails like Berries and Bubbles (red berries, hibiscus, champagne), all priced at $9-10. So, watch yourself.
Co Co Sala
929 F St. N.W.