I was extended an invitation to dine at Coconut’s Fish Cafe. I was pumped because I love fresh seafood with tropical flavors. CFC is a family-business based out of Hawaii. When you enter you are transported to the islands. It is Hawaiian without being trite or too cutesy. The tables are mini surfboards carved out of wood with a little fin. There are pops of green in the accents. The patio has lights floating over umbrellaed tables. The cafe is also equipped with a glassed garage door they open when these Texas temperatures cooperate.
I ordered the coconut shrimp appetizer. The order comes with six large butterflied shrimp breaded in panko crumbs and coconut then fried. They were served with a Thai chili sauce. The chili sauce was bumped a notch with pineapple. Nice.
I followed up my yummy app with what Zagat rates “the perfect fish taco”. Okay, let me unpack it for you: two corn tortillas (the first slightly crisp and the second softer), melted cheese, large Mahi-Mahi and ono fish pieces, coleslaw, tomato salsa and mango salsa. The two tortilla idea is brilliant. Initially, I thought it was over doing it. Not the case, the crisp tortilla holds the entire package together. The fish was moist and uncensored, no heavy breading to smother it. The cole slaw is made with coconut water rather than heavy mayo. Finally, the two salsas: the tomato paired with the mango was really a nice way to top it off. The serving comes with two tacos. I was the PERFECT taco.
I had the opportunity to visit with one of the owners, Nathan. His passion is obvious. We discussed the closing of the Lovers Lane location. It is currently under construction and will be reopened under the name Texas Scratch Kitchen to better serve the patrons in the demographic. Best of luck Nathan. I will be watching for an opening date.
Until next time…have fun and eat it up!