I am pretty much always down for noodles or dumplings. It doesn’t matter what kind of mood I’m in or how hungry I am, they just always sound delicious to me! That is just one reason why I am so excited about the opening of the new CO Raleigh, right under the AC Hotel in North Hills. I feel like there are always so many new spots opening up around North Hills that it can be hard to keep up, but this is one you definitely need to check out. This is the seventh location of CO, with all other locations around the South East. CO offers a wide variety of dishes inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine. Some are classics that you will recognize, while others are a unique take on the cuisine.
I was very excited to try CO since, like I said, noodles and dumplings are two of my favorite things. When we sat down, I was honestly torn because there were so many delicious looking options on the menu. My dining companion and I decided to share everything so that we could order a few different things and get a wide variety of what CO has to offer. We started the meal with, or course, dumplings. We went for the Pork & Ginger Gyoza ($5), which was an excellent choice. The dumplings tasted very fresh and provided a burst of flavor in every bite. We also got the Curry Shrimp ($8) from the “Small Plates” section. From the description we weren’t really sure what to expect, but knew it sounded delicious. We definitely were not wrong. The dish was essentially a bowl of shrimp with curry sauce, served with a few pieces of bread, which was the perfect vehicle for the incredible sauce. Honestly this sauce was just beyond good, I probably could’ve just eaten a whole bowl of the sauce alone. For entrees we first went with the Curry Laksa ($15), which our server said was the house specialty. It was a broth and noodle bowl with shrimp, shredded chicken, and rice noodles, and the sauce was not too unlike the curry sauce in our appetizer. The flavors were really amazing. The sauce definitely had that hint of curry, but I still think you would enjoy it even if you aren’t a huge curry fan. We also got the Korean Rice Bowl ($12), which had marinated wok steak, a sunny side up egg, kimchi, sprouts, edamame, cucumber, and pickled carrots, served over rice with gochujang sauce. This was also delicious and both light and extremely filling at the same time somehow. Now when you come here, you absolutely must save room for dessert. Pretty much every option looked amazing, but we decided to go with the Crispy Cheesecake Wontons ($5), and the Strawberry Spring Rolls with Nutella dipping sauce ($5). Both were SO good! I’m not sure how we still had room in our stomachs after all the food we’d already eaten, but we somehow found it in ourselves to clear our dessert plates. The Cheesecake Wontons were served with a vanilla sauce that also had a hint of orange, along with some candied oranges. I’m honestly not sure I can pick a favorite between these two.
Overall I was extremely impressed with my meal at CO Raleigh. I really can’t wait to go back and try all of the other amazing things they have to offer. Among the different options are sushi, Bahn Mi sandwiches, Pho, and Ramen! CO Raleigh is now open for lunch and dinner under the AC Hotel in North Hills. This is definitely one you will want to check out, perhaps a few times so you don’t have to choose between all of the amazing options.