“ Tyne House / 26 The Side / Newcastle Upon Tyne / NE1 3JA / Tel: 0191 222 0808. „
Coco mos I found incredibly disappointing following rave reviews from my family. My parents had been before so we decided to choose here as a place for my birthday meal, however it bitterly disappointed me! we had not booked but headed there for about five, to find an almost empty restraunt bar a few tables with toddlers in tow.
And yet the waiter chose to sit us in the middle of these tables with children, not good for a grown up a famliy to enjoy their meal to the sound of wailing children. The menu was impressive, lots to offer, although i found the vegetarian dishes a bit repetitive, tending to be simple variations on a margerita pizza and a tomato and basil pasta. I chose to go for a tomato and basil pizza, however by basil it seemed they meant literally one leaf, placed in the centre of my pizza. As a whole we found the food bland, basic and unexciting.
Throughout our meal the other tables in quieter more ambiant areas of the restraunt remained empty, and so posing the question why logic wouldn't have sat us in one of these tables. With the screaming toddlers we decided to eat up fast and head to somewhere else for a pudding.
My parents too were disappointed, expecting so much from their past visits, recieving very little.
Went to Coco Mos on 29/09/07 and it was a total shambles - the worst service ever. Had to wait more than an hour for our table. They ran out of dishes and said it wasn't their problem, too many bookings. We ordered drinks that never arrived (but were on the bill). It was a 30th, so we'd taken a cake - which was given to another birthday party. I could go on...
I went to Cocomos Italian restaurant with a party from work on the evening of 13th September. I was very impressed both with the superb food quality and value for money. The waiting staff were excellent. The place is large and was about half full when we were there but i am sure they would have coped if it had been packed out. I have been to many Italian restaurants in Newcastle but this has to be the best overall eating experience I have had for many years.
Having visited Cocomos recently, I only hope my experience is not a common feature for this restaurant. I recently booked a table for 6 for my son's 21st birthday on a Saturday night. Upon arrival at the restaurant I was pleasantly surprised at the size and layout and proceeded to be located to our table. I was informed to wait at the bar to be seated. After 3/4hr and several requests, my party was eventually seated at a table for eight, although staff did say that this was our reserved table!. Following our starter, which was very good, although drinks were hard to obtain, we ordered our main course. The main courses arrived and I literally mean just the main course!! When I told the waitress that the vegatables/ potatoes etc had not been served, I was told in a rather patronising way that all side orders were EXTRAS as stated on the menu and that all 6 of our party had not read the menu properly! If you want a steak or chicken etc then thats all you will get!! A steak that was requested to be cooked medium to well was served up raw. It was returned and its replacement was just as bad, if not worse. A request to speak to the Manager was greeted by a shrug from what was friendly table service and so a formal request was made to speak to someone in charge. When it was put to the 'Management' our complaints, I was informed that the delay was to be expected for a Saturday night!! even though the table was booked and the other difficulties I encountered was due to it being a Saturday night and they had been busy since 5pm! Overall in conclusion I would say that as a general restaurant for run of the mill Pizzas it has a good atmosphere and ideal for Hen/ Stag parties, but if your looking for a nice Italian restaurant for anything other than a Pizza to eat then this should be possibly one of the last on your list unless you are restricted to this part of the Quayside otherwise I would suggest a meal at many of the Italian restaurants on Osbourne Road, Jesmond then a taxi down to the Quayside for the nightlife.
On a recent foray into Newcastle city centre with hmself and Little Miss, we decided to try out this place, it being one of those restaurants which I have noticed but never been inside.
It is situated at the bottom of Dean Street, right in the centre of Newcastle, and near the quayside, so because of its prominant position, will obviously get a lot of passing trade. It's actually hard to miss having huge glass windows and a big red neon sign...probably this which appealed to little one.
Outside the restaurant, on the pavement (pedestrian only area) there are tables and chairs for outside eating, and also for people who may only want a coffee and watch the world go by.
Inside, the restaurant is quite different to what you would expect from the ouside. I was expecting all flashing neon lights and a fairly basic set up but the restaurant, whiclt big, does give quite a feeling of intimacy. There are tables and chairs by the window (where we sat) But once you get right into the restaurant, it is actually divided into sections, and the back area is a bit space crafty with a large wooden divide and low ceilings.
The bar area is the only area at which you can smoke- good news for people who want to eat without a smoky atmosphere, and whilst this is in the centre of the restaurant, there is no all encompassing "fog" of smoke. This area has low tables and chairs beside the window and the actual bar itself is large although i didn't notice any but the most basic of drinks; I somehow don't think obscure drinks would be their forte!
At each end of the room there is a large screen showing relaxing sunset and beach scenes which had Little miss fascinated.
We were handed 3 menus...
*The Magnificent seven which is available Sunday to Friday 12pm-6.30pm and saturday 12pm till 4pm. This has 7 pizzas and pastas which cost only £3.95- great value for the centre of Newcastle.
*Children's menu which costs £5.95, and included a pizza on which children could select their 3 toppings, chicken escalopes and pasta. The children's pizza is smaller than the full size pizza and I suppose the bit children like is the choosing of toppings.
*The main menu; very big menuincluding hot and cold starters starting at £3.50 for potato skins, and going up to £5.95 for the king prawns. There are also arange of salads from £3.95 for a green salad- (a tad pricey for some lettuce) and going up to £4.95 for a chicken salad.
There are 16 pizzas to choose from and if not eating during the happy hours, these will set you back from £5.95. having seen the size of the pizzas (huge) this isn't bad value, because whilst himself managed to eat all the pizza he didn't manage the chips he had ordered in case of hunger pangs!
There is a good selection of pasta dishes , and these again come in a really good sized portion. I had the penne amatriciana and unlike some places, there was plenty of bacon in the sauce, and the pasta wasn't at all soggy...perfectly al dente.
Also available are chicken dishes, all priced at £9.50, meat dishes from £13.95, veal duck and lamb dishes and fish dishes.
There are side dishes availabel, and if ordering a meat dish, it's worth remembering to order a side dish because I asked the waitress, and they actually come served without any accompaniments. I for one would be disappointed had I assumed that there would be some vegetables or potatoes, and got none. the side dishes cost from £1.50 for French fries and there is a good selection of vegetables and potatoes although for the price of the meat dishes I do think they should be less stingy and add some vegetables.
Whilst we aren't vegetarian, i did notice a distinct lack of vegetarian dishes on the menu. In fact, i think if you're vegetarian, then you would have to have a pizza or pasta dish or a salad. Given that most places do offer a vegetarian option, I do think this is something the restaurant should remedy.
OTHER BITS OF INFORMATION
The staff were very helpful and polite, and appear to welcome children. We certainly didn't feel that we shouldn't have a 5 year old in the restaurant.
The toilets are pretty basic but clean, and are situated right at the far end of the restaurant. the sign for the toilets is the only neon sign inside the place ( I knew there had to be one)
The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and although we were there on a lunchtime,there was still a buzz in the place, and there was a range of different ages and people in there- from families to people obviously on a business lunch. The music was all kind of old dean Martin/Frank Sinatra stuff and playing at exactly the right level so you could sing along but still hear your companions speak.
WHAT I THOUGHT
We had the pizza and pasta from the magnificent seven menu, which were excellent value, and Little Miss enjoyed choosing her toppingsfor her pizza and had a good go at wolfing the whole lot down. The pizzas had nice crispy bases and plenty of topping and the pasta dish was served with lots of sauce. All dishes came to us piping hot and there was no feeling that the food had been sitting round waiting to be served. Good food and lots of it.
Service was good, and staff helpful but not constantly "there". Prices are very reasonable. We all ate and drank (including ice creams) for under £20 so absolutely no complaints there.
the only grumbles I would have is the non inclusion of extras for the meat dishes and the absence of vegetarian dishes. A few of my friends are vegetarian so this place would be a defintie no.
the one other thing I would point out is that wheel chair access is probably limited as there are 6 or 7 stairs to get into the main part of the restaurant, so this is something they should maybe address. the problem isn't so bad with pushchairs as they are easier to carry up and down stairs (as I remember)
All in all a good restaurant which I would recommend for a good value, tasty pizza or pasta in the centre of Newcastle.
thanks for reading
Cocomos, family-friendly, authentic, Italian restaurant. Open 7 days a week from midday until midnight (last orders at 10:30pm). Kids welcome. Full kids menu available every day between 5pm and 6:30pm. Kids can create their own pizzas from pizza dough and 3 of their favourite toppings. The Magnificent 7 Happy Hour available Sunday-Friday from midday-6:30pm and Saturday midday-4pm. Choose from 7 pizzas and 7 pastas at just £3.95. Business lunch, set menu, available Monday-Saturdy from midday-2:30pm. 3 course lunch £8.95. 1 course lunch £6.95. Sunday lunch available every Sunday between 1pm and 4pm. 3 course lunch £9.95. 1 course lunch £6.95. NUFC fans offer. Show a valid match ticket when ordering your meal and receive either a FREE glass of wine or half-pint of beer or lager with your meal. (one drink per person per meal, each person must hae a valid match ticket).