Whenever "street food" is used as descriptor for a new restaurant, we tend to be pretty intrigued. Especially if that restaurant's affiliated with an already established chef or restaurant that's been doing things well for awhile at their non-street-food mainstay(s). Grabbing delicious tacos or wings or turkey legs all while sitting in a hip, air conditioned spot that also has drinks? Yes, please... at least if the food lives up to the hype. As for Cho77, we just aren't sold on their hype. At least not yet.
Building off the success of its predecessor, ChoLon, Cho77 came to South Broadway on fire, with a lot of buzz. And even after opening, word on the street has been very positive. A diverse mix of authentic, unique Asian street food. Here in Denver? We want that. Our high hopes however, were largely not met. To be fair, we walked in with high expectations, but with everything we'd heard about this place, it definitely should have been better.
We didn't have a bad experience at Cho77, but it's unlikely we'll be planning a return trip anytime soon. Especially with the better arm of the franchise, ChoLon, being located nearby. Until things change for the better at 77, we're likely to keep the original Cho branch as our main... Cho to.
This was the first thing we ate, and the best thing we ate. A nice little mix of cauliflower, golden raisins, and some cilantro yogurt to dip. These are something you definitely need to order.
Peking Duck Buns,
You put steamed buns on your menu, and we're gonna order it, and we're gonna be pretty critical. These are good; the crunchy-ish duck is a nice touch. But like most dishes at 77, the ones at ChoLon are better.
Red Chili Pork Dumplings,
These came out looking real, real good. But another let down. Just didn't hit the spot like you'd expect from a good pan fried dumpling. And the red chili made us assume there'd be good spice. Not so much.
Malaysian Shrimp & Octopus Laksa
We're also suckers for pretty much anything involving octopus, but the flavors here were pretty bland. Surprising given all the ingredients it has going on besides the octopus. Pass.
Wok Fried Stir-Fried Scallop, Lobster & Shrimp
Another seafood dish that got us excited, but missed on delivery. Everything pretty much blended together into the same flavor, unfortunately.
Bacon and Egg Ramen
Are you kidding? Who's not going to order this? But holy smokes, this thing was straight maple syrup and noodles. We literally answered our cell phones with "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color" for a week after eating this. It's also off the menu now, so maybe you can try it next Christmas, kids.