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KoCos Restaurant: Korean and Tex-Mex Faves

Save the booze and karaoke for later. For now it’s just… sampling 10-15 dishes from the newly-opened KoCos Restaurant! Find out how they blend Korean, Italian, American and Tex-Mex food so smoothly.

Going to KoCos Restaurant was the best choice of my day. Who could turn down an invite to try 10-15 dishes from this newly opened Korean-themed pub? One one find lunch time, us bloggers got introduced to KoCos’ flavorful dishes in their actual serving sizes. Here’s what to order:

 

KoCos “Pika-pika” AKA Finger Food

From tender Korean beef, seafood for the Spanish paella, Italian tomato-topped pasta, to juicy American chicken — KoCos Restaurant has gracefully transcended through national cuisines while maintaining its Korean pub persona. Indeed they have made a habit of mixing kimchi with tortilla, tacos, burritos, nachos, and pizza.

Their appetizers’ servings are often good up to 5 people. My recommendations would be their Caramelized Kimchi (PHP 210), which is toasted quesadilla filled with slightly spicy kimchi. Nachos (PHP 250), a huge bowl with juicy Korean beef. And their off-the-menu offer of Tortilla Pizza, crunchy tortilla topped with melty cheese.

Other dishes to try are their KoCos SurFries with lots of onions and powdered spices (PHP 250), Pumpkin Soup surpisingly topped with ground nachos (PHP 100), KoCos Balls (PHP 150), R&B Burger Slides which are mini-burgers with thick beef patties (PHP 229), savory Japchae (PHP 229), and their new offer, Kimchi Pasta.

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Their Heavy-Weight Rice Meals

If you haven’t had dinner yet coming in to the booze party, KoCos offers heavy-weight rice meals. Their recent hit is the Seafood Arroz ala Koreana (PHP 749), traditionally baked paella with squid, mussels and shrimp. Serving size says it’s good for four, but I think six people could happily share. For those who want bigger takeouts for potluck events, they also offer a bilao-sized variant.

Apparently KoCos’ bestselling rice meal is their bibimbap-style Beef Stew (PHP 240). It comes with a huge serving of rice, seemingly good for three, and their signature tender Korean beef. However, I would gladly choose KoCos Fried Chicken (PHP 160) aptly known as “KFC”. Its big boneless chicken is topped with thinly-sliced shoestring potatoes and powdered spices, making it sweet, spicy and salty all at the same time.

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Kocos Restaurant: Perfect with Booze and Karaoke

I have this to say, after waves of KoCos food. What I loved is that their dishes contain lots of veggies and spices. They also offer a variety of delicious meat to their dishes, such as shrimp, calamari, chicken and beef — not just pound-for-pound pork characteristic of most Filipino restos.

Inside its cool interiors are flat screen TVs for karaoke or just playing Kpop songs. In daytime, it’s great for both family bonding and friends catching up over coffee. Not to mention, their WiFi connection and parking space makes it a good workplace. By nighttime, yuppies looking to unwind can choose among their wide selection of booze and jukebox playlists.

KoCos looks like it could fit in to Tomas Morato, but enjoys less competition by positioning itself in E. Rodriguez Avenue. Jeeps going to and fro SM Fairview, Quiapo, Kamuning, Cubao, Muñoz and SM North can easily access KoCos near the corner of Cordillera Street.

 

Rate: ♥♥♥♥♥
KoCos Restaurant
TSL Building #59 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Brgy. Doña Josefa, Quezon City
Contact No.: (02) 576 0802
Open 3PM – 11PM Mon-Thu; 12PM – 11PM Fri-Sun

 

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    jayresa03
    July 2, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    If a place is playing KPOP songs, I would stay there longer or for good! Plus their dishes looks mouthwatering too! #KPOPFangirlHere

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    Veeyah
    June 19, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Goodness! What an incredible lunch treat you must’ve been invited to! The meals look absolutely rad and they look appetizing ’cause of the colors. How was the Arroz ala Koreana? It sounds way too fun to not try.

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    Eunis De Guzman
    June 6, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Relate, it’s a perfect place to chill. I sometime an ambiance over food customer. But there is really no amount of taste if you are with your friends or family member chilling 🙂 thanks for the restau bars , we enjoyed eating while having fun.

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    yogoandcream
    June 4, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    10-15 dishes is a lot of food to try, but it’s great that you were able to distinguish the best choices. Anyway, I find it odd that they have Seafood Arroz ala Koreana in their menu. It’s because paella is usually associated with Spanish cuisine. Also, I wonder why it’s Korean inspired. Does it have kimchi in its ingredients? -Me-An Clemente of yogoandcream.com

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      Sam Coronado
      June 6, 2016 at 7:45 PM

      Yes I think it has kimchi. Surprisingly, despite being a Spanish dish, it worked. Haha.

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    Style With Tina
    June 4, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    The food looks yummy! I have always wanted to try Korean. 🙂

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    ASKSonnie
    June 4, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    The concept seems to be a hybrid of Korean and Filipino dishes, to capture both diners and drinkers. I’m just wondering, since there is a Karaoke, this can be a noisy place for peeps who just want to enjoy food and share stories w/ friends.

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      Sam Coronado
      June 6, 2016 at 7:49 PM

      We didn’t try it at night. But I definitely will in the future! I think it will still maintain its chill vibe despite the music 🙂

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    Zwitsy
    June 4, 2016 at 5:01 AM

    this must be a new place or maybe new to me. Ha! I’m not particular when it comes to the restos available in the metro but sure you guys really had fun.

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    Klaudia
    June 4, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    Oh my goodness , these plates look just to die for . I am a big fan of asian food in general , don’t know much about Korean Food in particular yet , but every time I visit your blog , it makes me a bit more curious . Will definitely have to keep my eyes open if there is a Korean Restaurant to fing here .

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    Kylie
    June 3, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    This looks like the type of place where you can go for any occasion! Good food, karaoke, and wifi!

    I also like your photos; very yummy looking!

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    Dominic
    June 3, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Being able to be invited to try out their food must be a real treat! How many were you when you ate all those food? I can’t imagine it if there were only 2 or 3 of you. Anyway , after all those sumptuous food you ate, the booze and karaoke sure all those carbs burn up, and make you crave for more.

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      Sam Coronado
      June 3, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      We were 10, and we’re allowed to bring +1. Still, 10-15 dishes is a lot!

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    heidi
    June 3, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    The food looks really good. I love Korean Barbecue. I’ve never had Kim-chi but now I want to try it. Karaoke is so fun isn’t it? Looks like a fun place to eat.

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    Mikee
    June 3, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    I love “pika pika foods! I am interested to try their Caramelized Kimchi and KoCos SurFries. There’s so much pleasure foods to eat. By the way, I think this place is even cooler for K-pop enthusiast since it plays K-pop songs.

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    Joie Gahum
    June 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Nice photos! And I expect the food to taste better as well. I love Korean foods, except the spicy ones. I eat more vegetables when I am dining in Korean restaurants compared to other dining places. I’ll definitely check out this place soon.

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    master.ryo
    June 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    I also have certain favorites when it comes to Korean dishes but gladly I will try the ones you have recommended. BTW I’m glad to find another Zomato blogger here. I do too a Cebu based though!

    cheers! http://www.masterryo.wordpress.com

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      Sam Coronado
      June 3, 2016 at 11:11 PM

      Good to know! Leave your link and I’ll follow you! 🙂

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    momi berlin
    June 3, 2016 at 12:41 AM

    Though I enjoy dining in in a restaurant with a specific theme, i all the more appreciate a place with different cuisine offerings so as to have a fully wonderful dining experience. This also means more choices for my boys.

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    thatguywithstories
    June 3, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Ah, are you on Zomato?I am pleased..Zomato is an Indian website… and I hope your food blogging career takes off magnificently.

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    Joanna
    June 2, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    It’s great that the restaurant offers so many different types of cuisines. It’s nice when you go to a place and each time try something different: Italian, Korean, American. I have never tried kimchi, I am so curious about the taste of it.

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    Bettina Bacani
    June 2, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Oh wow is this a new restaurant? The food looks delicious! Burgers, kimchi pasta, japchae — ughhh all these is making me hungry!! I love that it’s located in QC, very accessible to me! Haha! Will drop by here soon and try some of these dishes!

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    Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag
    June 2, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    I want to try their seafood paella and bibimbap. 🙂 But the place is quite far from me. I hope to remember this resto when I am in the area loking for a place to dine in. I wonder when I’d be in QC next.

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    ROBERT LEE
    June 2, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Sam, looks like this is one of those restaurants that offer value for money. I’d love to try their food sooner rather than later. Bibimpak looks absolutely yummy.

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    Postcard Pretty
    June 2, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Interesting sliders. The paella looks amazing! I would love to devour that!

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    Aika Loraine
    June 2, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    looks so yummy! but does not fit my budget. hahaha. but if i have a chance, i’ll definitely check KoCos and try their own version of Paella. 🙂

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    Alison
    June 2, 2016 at 4:16 AM

    I don’t think anyone could turn down the opportunity for those delicious meals! Yum! I think the environment sounds like a fun time where you could hang out with your friends and even karaoke together! The chicken and the beef stew looked really good!

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    Milton Coyne
    June 2, 2016 at 4:16 AM

    this seems like a perfect place to chill out especially with your barkada.. the colored buns are really eye catching for me while the Seafood Arroz ala Koreana seems a little pricey yet very intriguing

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