Nov
28

Coccola, Hillsborough, NJ

Over the weekend my wife and I decided to finally go to Coccola in Hillsborough for brunch. This was our weekend without the kids and we were trying plenty of restaurants. Also, we hadn’t been out for brunch in a while (kids do that) and it was time to go get some eggs benedict. Coccola is located on Rt. 206 at the northern end of Hillsborough in a really weird location. If you know the area, it’s basically like an industrial zone next to Lora’s gas station, so you wouldn’t really expect anything decent there.

We checked out their website (www.coccolarestaurant.com), place looked great in the pictures and the variety in the brunch buffet looked too large to be real. Got there around noon and there was a large private party in one of there rooms. The place is really attractively designed inside and much better then most places in the area. All the more surprising for the location.

We had the option of either the buffet or a la carte menu. We went for the buffet. Our waitress informed us that a hot beverage and mimosa or bloody mary were included. I went for the mimosa which hit the spot! As she got our drinks we went and surveyed the buffet – what can I say, we were overwhelmed by the sheer choice. Of course they had eggs benedict, an omelette station, pancakes, brioche french toast (really good), but also sushi, oysters, shrimp, smoked salmon, and a ton of main courses which were too numerous to remember, including lasagne, roast lamb, prime rib. Of course thay also had fruit, breads, bagels, pastries and desserts.

The overall quality was pretty good, especially the french toast, eggs and desserts. I didn’t try the pancakes (even I couldn’t try everything, though I tried hard). The oysters were just ok and the sushi was a little light on the fish, but what do expect for just $25. Yes, just $25. This must be one of the great deals going around.

Service was earnest. The staff was a little overwhelmed with the private party going on, but it was attentive and everything was just right. The manager even came over to check if everything was going well. They seemed eagar to make sure we had a good experience.

This is definately a place I would go back to. I would like to try dinner one of these days and see if dinner justifies my current opinion of the place.

I did go back and here’s a post http://foodielifestyle.com/2007/12/17/coccola-revisited/

5 Responses to “Coccola, Hillsborough, NJ”

  1. […] The place is obviously very popular and I may be in the minority here but I would rather pay $25 at Coccola then the $18 here. Here’s my blog on Coccola http://foodielifestyle.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/coccola-hillsborough-nj/ […]

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  3. […] Here’s my blog on brunch at Coccola http://foodielifestyle.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/coccola-hillsborough-nj/ […]

  4. […] Here’s my blog on brunch at Coccola http://foodielifestyle.com/2007/11/28/coccola-hillsborough-nj/ […]

  5. […] The place is obviously very popular and I may be in the minority here but I would rather pay $25 at Coccola then the $18 here. Here’s my blog on Coccola http://foodielifestyle.com/2007/11/28/coccola-hillsborough-nj/ […]

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