Tuesday, May 11, 2010


500 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA

Came in on a weekend to try their fried green beans for 7x7. The It is located sort of in the middle of nowhere, by a bank and gas station, and pretty close to bay bridge. But despite the middle of nowhere-ness, the restaurant was packed! The place is also dim but modern. I hung around the bar as I waited for my table to be ready. The space between tables were pretty tight, so you can hear your neighbors' conversation if you pay attention.

The service was pretty good. Our waitress let us know the specials and came to check on us once in awhile. She recommended us the bell pepper soup.

Red Bell Pepper Soup with Proached Egg and Panchetta

I am not a fan of bell pepper unless it is stew with curry. The soup didn't contain curry but it was very light and the bell pepper flavor was not overwhelming. It wasn't creamy at all either, but not brothy. I like it, something new.

Battered Fried Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Aioli

Almost every table order the Battered Fried Green Beans. This was listed under 7x7.com Big Eat SF List (#75 Fried Green Beans at Coco500). The batter was very, very light and flakey; it reminded me of the fried taro ball from Chinese restaurant. The only thing I disliked was that it was still very oily, the bean and the plate. Nevertheless, it tasted mighty good by itself as well as with the aioli. The aioli was not sour at all. It was sweet and lemony. The dish is definitely something I would go back for.

Spaghetti with Clams, Black Mussels, Crushed Tomatoes and Garlic

The seafood was pretty tasty with the broth. The spaghetti was cooked aldente! Despite the freshness of the seafood and chewy pasta, the dish was super salty. The spaghetti was salty by itself already, and the sauce was salty too...so it was just super salty!

Spicy Sausage Pizza with Sweet Peppers, Basil, and Mozzarella

The pizza was delicious! I really like the sausage because it wasn't salty at all. It wasn't spicy either though. The pizza was good but nothing special.

The food at Coco500 was pretty okay. I don't think it is anything too special besides the beans.

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