Sometimes you have good dreams, sometimes you have weird dreams and sometimes you have dreams that will tell you what to name your new restaurant. That was the case with Vietnamese-Australian chef, Damon Bui, who dreamt that he was back in his childhood home in Sydney as his mum was cooking her legendary butter fried chicken whilst all the kids were running around saying “Cô ba, cô ba, I want your fried chicken!”.
“CôBa means “auntie number three”, which is what my mum is called in the family,” Damon explains. “When I woke up, it was as if I could smell the heady aromas of that fried chicken, and all that was great and comforting about my childhood came rushing back.”
From this CôBa was born. The restaurant will offer a mix of classic dishes (just like Damon’s mum used to make) plus more modern interpretations from Damon. The main menu has been split into barbecue meats, cooked on a charcoal grill for maximum smoky flavour and served with a noodle salad, and soup noodles (classics such as fragrant pho and spicy beef noodles made with a 24 hour broth). The cocktail list will include a delicious but potent (Damon warns!) blend of tea-based and sorbet cocktails: all the favourites from Damon’s supper club days that sent his guests into a merry spin.
CôBa: Opens 8th October, 244 York Way, London N7 9AG cobarestaurant.co.uk