On Valentine’s Day, before heading out to SM Mall of Asia for our family’s celebration, we visited SM Jazz Mall to check out an investment. At lunch hour, we browsed through the menus of restaurants on the ground floor and loved what we found at COCA Café.

COCA Café in SM Jazz Mall (across Beauty and Butter) has more than just a few signature dishes that make it worthwhile, offering a great variety of Thai-Chinese food. It’s one of those places where I can just close my eyes, blindly point to an item on the menu, and feel comfortable to eat whatever will end up on the table. We have tried dining at COCA Restaurant in SM Aura, Taguig last year and we liked everything that was served. How would COCA Café’s food compare?

Review of COCA Café Thai-Chinese Food (SM Jazz Mall, Makati City)

Ambiance: ★★★★☆

COCA Café looked cozy and inviting, with natural sunlight beaming from one side of the room. This café showcases a style that oozes sophistication, elegance, and crisp straight lines that adds character and unique personality to the minimal space. Lots of the open walking areas in between tables bring in a sense of uncluttered ambiance and airiness, which is for me, a visual treat. The designs and furniture are perfect for an intimate date or business meeting.

Service: ★★★★★

Customer service was really fast and smooth. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable on the menu. I was quite surprised that our orders were conveniently served in less than 10 minutes during a busy lunch, so we enjoyed a quick cook and good food in a time-sensitive and team-oriented environment.

Food: ★★★☆☆

Appearing as a riot of colors, the Crispy Noodles with Seafood (PhP 250) came with a generous serving of seafood and just the right level of crispiness to the noodles without being too oily. This must be a classic savory Chinese comfort food that’s rich, robust, and flavorsome.

The Grilled Tuna Belly with Rice (PhP 250) was just average at best. For the most part, it tasted like smoke on the outside. Maybe it was grilled too much that the charring added more to the non-enjoyment of the entree. Since we thought the tuna belly was overcooked, it was also dry and we could not taste any juiciness inside.

The Sweet and Sour Fish with Rice (PhP 200) was fairly good, although it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. The tender and lightly fried pieces of fish did neither tasted but nor overly sweet. This dish would be more appetizing if they could increase the sourness.

Price for Value: ★★★☆☆

There were hits and misses but we had a good time after all. I loved the clean dining area most. The service team deserves an award for being nice accommodating. Budget did not waiver, however, for the quality of food we had this time, price for value could be better.

SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
For inquiries, contact 02 8286260 or 09173228502
Date Published: 03/04/2015
15 / 20 stars

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94 Responses

  1. lalalapatricia

    I personally like their ambiance. By looking at your photos, it’s not the usual cafe I usually go but while getting older I appreciate this kind of cafes too. Food photos looks delicious too! 🙂

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  2. Franc Ramon

    As usual you’re the first to show me again a cool new Thai-Chinese restaurant several steps from the office. I’ll try this soon. Also, do let me know when you are nearby since I still have your tumbler from the last event or better yet, schedule a meet up.

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  3. mr_jeng

    Hmmm After reading this, I think I prefer COCA in sm aura. The ambiance is better. hmmm as for the food, maybe there are still in the stage of having a feel for the cooking. Anyway, the question is.. ANONG INVESTMENT YAN!? wohooooooooooo! 😀 See you soon dear

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I also like COCA Restaurant a lot more times better. The environment at the other branch is more inviting and sophisticated. 🙂 Regarding the investment, hahaha I will tell you tomorrow when we meet!

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  4. Melissa Jennings

    I love Thai Food! This looks like a great place to eat for lunch and very affordable too! Thanks so much for sharing. Your pictures make me want to take a bite!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’ve read in one feature article that the managing group of COCA will be expanding the restaurant/cafe to more locations to cater to more customers. If you’re near SM Jazz, consider to give COCA Cafe a try. 😀

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  5. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    Looks and sounds like a great restaurant and it sure is cute. We don’t have any really good restaurants at our malls, except one. That food is really making me hungry, lol. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Nikki

    Looks like a great place to dine! I love the overall look of the place, how it’s simple with splashes of color. To me, that says they focus more on their food than a flashy atmosphere. The food looks yummy too!

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  7. Angelo The Explorer

    I like fusion restaurants like this. The foods look delicious! I can’t wait to try their Pad Thai. I’ve been craving for that stuff for a long time now. Ill definitely check this out!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh yeah the pad thai must be a house specialty. Let me know if it’s good! For some reason, I’m not sure why I didn’t pick that for my order. Haha. It’s probably because I craved for grilled tuna belly that day. 😛

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Crispy noodles is a dish that my mom can’t make at home, so having this in COCA Cafe with its irresistible sauce made us want to frolic through meadows and spill tears of joy (quite imaginatively). 😛

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  8. Tammilee Tips

    The food looks amazing Thai food is one of John’s favorite to eat!!! I love finding new food places when we travel. These looks like a great restaurant to relax and enjoy the company you are with.

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  9. Sam

    I love the name of the Cafe. P200 is quite expensive for a meal. I haven’t visited SM Jazz Mall though.

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  10. mindy

    That’s a shame that the cafe’s food does not compare to the restaurant’s! It’d be nice if they can make sure that their cafe’s taste level to be on par with the restaurant’s ^^. My husband loves crispy noodles, i’m sure he’d salivate if he sees that picture of your crispy noodles!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      My mom loves every kind of noodles so she was quick to decide to order this one. Fortunately, it tasted freshly cried and just a little on the watery side. 🙂 Oh for sure your husband will like it!

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  11. Giveaways 4 Mom

    This looks like it would be a great place to go for a meal. I just love the layout and how clean it is inside. The foods looks like it tastes delicious too. Great review.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Victoria! 🙂 Try it out next time and see if their food deserve a standing ovation. COCA Cafe also has an extensive list of drinks for you to feel more refreshed this summer.

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  12. Yona Williams

    I’m not sure what type of seafood is in the Crispy Noodles with Seafood, but if it contains the kind of items that I eat – then I would want to try that. It’s too bad that most of the dishes did not live up to their appearance because the food looks good. At least you didn’t have to wait long for it…maybe they rushed the process of cooking?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I’m not sure about that. Regardless, I still think that COCA Cafe is worth a try. The prices here are good, the service is quick, and the ambiance is clean and casual.

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  13. Gil Camporazo

    What common with Thai and Chinese foods? Noodles, aren’t they? I am very curious on how these foods taste. I am interested to know the difference between Thai and Chinese.

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  14. Andrew Olano

    I wanna eat there. Those Crispy noodles looked very tempting. This post made me hungry. I made the mistake of opening this at 11 am and now I am looking for pancit. 😉

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  15. Joy Felizardo

    You know what, come to think of it, I haven’t tried doing that to blindly pick any item on the menu. I’d love to try that here at Coca, and take your word for it.

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  16. Carly

    Oh my gosh, this food looks amazing! I love how small the cafe is…..and the sleek decor! That sweet and sour fish seriously looks delicious!

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  17. Natalie

    I like the fact the dinning area is nice and clean and simple, that’s what I like to see when I’m eating out. This food looks good, nothing really screams at me though. Sweet and sour fish, is that any good? I’ve only had chicken instead, it sounds interesting.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, sweet and sour fish is actually one of our favorites. That’s why my sister immediately chose to order it as soon as she saw it’s available on the menu. Haha. 🙂

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  18. Ashley

    My brother in law goes to the Philippines sometimes. I will have to see what he thinks of COCA Cafe! I haven’t had any Thai dishes, but these Thai-Chinese entrees look pretty appetizing to m!!! I’ve never heard of tuna belly! Sorry that it wasn’t the best!!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah, I have tried other better versions. This one just tastes mostly of smoke. You can try other dishes here and see if they’re any good to your palate. 🙂

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  19. Aylin

    Love the cozy ambiance! Looking at those yummy photos even though it is a bit pricey, I bet it is worth a try.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      With that said, it’s best to come in with a friend or two, so you can share dishes and make the most out of your visit by choosing to order and taste more dishes in one seating. 🙂

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  20. Otakore Literantadodist

    Grilled Tuna Belly for 250 pesos is, I think, a worthy one. Worthy as the price of raw tuna in wet market is a little expensive.

    By the way, I’m near SM Jazz, I’ve never notice this Coca restaurant, perhaps this is on the other side of the building. Well, I’ll just check it out when i go onto jogging.

    Thanks!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s just located opposite Beauty and Butter that’s beside Watsons (ground floor of SM Jazz). There should be no problem finding COCA. If all else fails, you can ask the guard for directions. 😛

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  21. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Look at all that yummy food. The sweet & sour fish looks amazing. What a great place to eat.

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  22. Sharon Phillips

    Looks like a very nice, clean and modern place to eat. I however do not like fish but am sure that I could find something else on the menu that I would love.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup, there are plenty of selections on the menu. They also have special meals that run on promotion so make sure to ask for the list when you visit. 😉

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Sure. COCA Cafe presents simple dishes with simple and few ingredients yet vary drastically between restaurants. You should try their food at least once. 🙂

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  23. papaleng

    Nice review again. Thai-Chinese food that’s a thing for me. I like the place ambiance and the foods price seems reasonable enough.

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  24. Cassie

    I love how you clearly broke down the different aspects of the restaurant. Most people only care about the food, but the service and ambiance can ruin a dining experience as much as a bad meal.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome! There’s nothing fancy about the decor or food, but the place is clean and for service, you’ll raise two thumbs up for sure. 😀

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  25. Carra D

    Everything looks really good, the crispy noodles & seafood is something I’d probably like. I like the set up at the bar.

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  26. Ron Leyba

    As always, you make the foods looks more than awesome. Love how you captured the deliciousness out of it. And oh, I haven’t heard about this food establishment until today. Thanks!

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  27. Joyce Duboise

    This place looks incredible. You know it’s a good place when you trust it enough to blindly choose something on the menu. The food looks appetizing and the place itself is very inviting. Your photos definitely make it look like a place that I would want to visit!

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  28. Pal Raine

    I love the ambiance—place is totally cool, but prices were way too inflated. By looking at the quantity of the food they serve, so little.

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  29. michele d

    I like simple dining. This place looks like a relaxing atmosphere. Loved all your photos.

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  30. The Daily Talks

    Besides their ambience, I think their menu is really dishes are really creative and one of a kind. I need to try this one. Thanks for sharing Rochkirstin!

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  31. lloydy

    I would love to try that. I will recommend it to my friends, and as I’ve saw there is a bar in it?

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  32. Bailey K.

    I love Thai food. Probably some of my favorite cuisine! But a good Thai restaurant can be hard to find – there are always hits and misses!

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  33. Alyssa C

    Thai food is delicious and one of my favorites. I am loving your pictures and that Seafood plate looks yummy!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You’re welcome! Try ordering fishes that don’t sound or look too familiar on the menu and see if you like them. 🙂 It’s nice to test out new things!

      Reply

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