Cocoa Beach Thai & Sushi- Cocoa Beach-4-Stars
As I love sushi and seafood that much in general, it was with obvious eudemonia in my gullet that I hopped in the BBDO mobile pointed her North, and in the paraphrased words of the immortal Jackie Gleason, "... away I went!"
Pulling into the private lot for Cocoa Beach Thai & Sushi, I couldn't help but ruminate on the chosen name for this place. While helpful to the geographically challenged, it didn't say much along the lines of creativity. Though I suppose anything is better than Sushi-R-Us, which I have never seen, however; I figure it's only a matter of time. Once inside I was pleasantly greeted and seated by a charming lady whose name escapes me at the nonce. Perusing the menu handed me, my taste buds became all a flutter and the sites it held. To say it was creative does not do it justice. It contained some of the most intriguing-sounding rolls I have ever come across, e.g., "The Beauty and the Beast Roll." Was it ugly, yet sublime tasting? Powerful, yet easy on the taste buds? Inquiring minds want to know! Another exceedingly helpful lass, by the name of Mon (pronounced Mun) soon appeared to see if I was ready to order. She is charming and exudes happiness, which makes me happy (happiness is infectious like that). I asked Mon if I could have one order of their Thai Cocoa Beach Roll (I'm saving the Beauty and the Beast roll for a later visit if warranted), one sushi barometer (spicy tuna hand roll) an order of Chicken Panang and some fried wonton to round out my sampling of their offerings.
Anxiously awaiting the second coming of Mon, laden with gifts of an edible nature, I took the opportunity, as is my wont, to glance around the joint. I have to say that I have seen lunch crowds at the water cooler bigger than were in here. I half expected to see a tumbleweed languidly rolling by it was so dead. Sadly, as it would have been interesting, no tumbleweed appeared, but Mon soon did with my order and so I forced my wandering mind back to the job at hand.
The first order of business was to sample that gorgeous roll known as the Thai Cocoa Beach Roll. As you can clearly see in the photos, it was a veritable work of art to behold and I thought if it tasted half as good as it looked, I was in for a real gastronomical treat. I can honestly say it did not disappoint. It was outstanding! Such a perfect blend of flavors. The sushi tasted fresh, crisp and delicious while the rice was steamed to perfection. The fresh avocado and scallions were a delight on the palate, especially with the slight crispness brought upon by the roll being lightly fried.
I barely managed to place my chopsticks on the edge of my plate in order to wrap my hand around the standard measurement stick of all places offering Sushi, their spicy tuna hand roll. What can I say about this roll? It tasted great as well. The tuna had just enough kick to let you know the chef took these things seriously without causing you to make a mad dash for a glass of ice water. the enfolding sheet of seaweed was the standard fare with just the right amount of crisp on the bite to satisfy even the most persnickety of critics (yours truly). All in all, this was a prime example of a spicy tuna hand roll.
So, you're reading this and thinking, "Yeah, yeah, BB, then why the 4 stars rating if it's that good?" I bring your attention to the Chicken Panang. While the steamed rice and the curry sauce were spot on, the chicken missed by a mile. In fact, the Panang curry sauce was incredibly delicious and obviously the real deal, however; the chicken served with it was sad and so it made me sad. If they had used a better grade of chicken or perhaps better parts, it would have been a home run as the other dishes sampled so far have been. Again, curry good, chicken not so much.
Wrapping things up (see what I did there?), I grabbed a fried wonton and popped it in my mouth hoping to cheer my taste buds up after the chicken incident mentioned above. Thankfully, the fried wonton did just that as it was perfectly prepared and quite the enjoyment to masticate. This place, based on the sushi alone, should be packed day and night. Why it is so empty at 12:06 is beyond me. Maybe I'm early for the lunch crowd?
Regardless, the Big Boy says, "If your hankering for some delicious sushi uniquely thrown together, this is your place." #bigboydiningout #iamthebigboy