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Cocodak:

Ditch the Chicken

RESTAURANT ASIAN KOREAN CONCORDIA GHETTO <$40

The Pitch

The Western part of downtown Montreal officially known as Shaughnessy Village has long been a haven for Asian restaurants.  More recently, it also welcomed an explosion in fried chicken, echoing an overarching trend across all North America.  Today, I picked up some takeout from a spot checking both those boxes Asian and fried chicken from Sainte-Catherine Street West's Cocodak.

tagged:  TAKEOUT

The Food

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The three-year-old eatery's menu features a prominent section of fried chicken in several permutations followed by other Korean staples such as bibimbap and other rice bowls followed by various noodles.  An abundant choice of made-to-share appetizers is also on offer, from imperial rolls and dumplings to tteok-kkochi (rice cakes) and gimbap (Korean sushi).

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Fried Chicken

With an entire menu page dedicated to fried chicken, I had my hopes up.  Alas, Cocodak's is quite dry on the inside, overly crispy and frankly tasteless.

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Sweet & Spicy Fried Tofu

A loaded handful of tofu cubes were fried to a semi-firm consistency while remaining soft on the inside, and swam in a mildly-spicy, sweet vinegary sauce.

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Deep-Fried Shrimps

Five shrimp fingers were encased in a beautifully-crispy batter and retained their natural sweetness and snappy texture.

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Bulgogi Udong

A mound of thick, pleasantly-squishy noodles was stir-fried with tasty strips of beef and coated with a sweet/savoury sauce.

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Tuna Mayo Gimbap

While not as famous as its Japanese cousin sushi, gimbap does hold its own.  This version satisfied with crunchy veggies and a creamy tuna salad.

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Fried Shrimp Spicy Mayo Gimbap

This inside-out iteration of rice and seaweed rolls was less successful than the one above due to a predominant sweet taste and excessive mayonnaise.

tagged:  GOOD FOR SHARING

The Verdict

It's hard for any Asian restaurant to stand out in this stretch of Sainte-Catherine Street unofficially known as Chinatown 2, considering the number of eateries on hand compounded by their high turnover rate.  With its temporary-looking, barely-noticeable canvass banner in front and its subpar KFC (Korean Fried Chicken), Cocodak might not have enough to rise above the surface.

Granted, I had better luck with the rest of the menu both tonight and on a previous occasion last year; overall, taking everything into account, I would award this Korean eatery a passing grade.

tagged:  PLAN B.

Price per person:  $24.23

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