Cô Cô is a small Vietnamese deli right off Rosenthaler Platz in northern Mitte serving tasty Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches and omelettes in different variations. It’s the perfect location for a quick snack and one of the better sandwich places in the area.
Cô Cô’s venue is indeed very cool
Cô Cô is a bánh mì deli, which refers to the Vietnamese name for the french style baguette sandwiches served on the streets of the former owner’s home town Saigon. Former because Anh Vu Dang now runs Bun Bao in Prenzlauer Berg. The minimalistic interior design of the venue is another great example of the contemporary Asian style many new Berlin restaurants are sporting nowadays, many of these venues are designed by the same interior designer. Cô Cô’s venue is indeed very cool, there are racks of canned lemons in glass jars which line the walls and baskets of ginger, limes and other fruit on the floor.
The menu is condensed to three kinds of dishes: baguettes, omelettes and salads. I strongly recommend trying all of them. The baguettes are filled with a variety of toppings like mayonnaise, pickled vietnamese veggies, hot sauce, herbs and a choice of tofu or cooked meats. Then they are toasted and served crunchy and delicious, the sweet and sour flavours complementing each other in a great way.
It’s still one of the few places in Berlin where you can get a proper, Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.
The rice flour omelettes with kurkuma (called Banh Xeo) are not to be neglected though, it might seem odd to order an omelette for lunch but we’re talking about one killer omelette here. The rice flour gives the dish a sensational, crunchy texture and the sweet-sour dressing, roasted onions and cabbage salad on top perfectly balances the savoury and slightly fatty omelette.
Cô Cô is simply a very innovative deli with great food which adds one thing to Berlin which notoriously hard to come across: Good and fresh sandwiches. It’s a great stopover for a quick lunch or snack and after all these years it’s still one of the few places in Berlin where you can get a proper, Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.