Jimoco Cafe & Pasta
1046 Austin Ave, Coquitlam (map)
A friend recommend Jimoco awhile back, but since I no longer live in the Tri-city area, I just never found the time to visit. A couple weeks ago, P had a birthday party which was initially suppose to be at Raku Raku, but since they didn't have room to accommodate our party, so we changed it to Jimoco at the last minute. This suited me fine, since I been meaning to check it out ever since Sherman blogged about it.The restaurant was not eye catching by all means. In fact, it looked quite small from the outside. Although we were there on a Wednesday, the place was quite busy which was definitely a good sign. First we got the garlic bread, and it was alright. Although toasted, but a bit uneven, with some parts being crunchy while others are soggy (from the garlic butter).All their pasta ranged from $13-15, so the prices are a bit high. However they seem to have a never ending "Grand Opening Special of 2 for 1", so in reality all the pasta were about $7-8. I had Fusilli alle Salsiccie. Although I liked the al dente pasta, but the rose sauce was disappointing. Typically this sauce would be a nice blend of tomato and cream, but here it was mostly tomato sauce. Also, they don't offer any cheese or pepper like typical pasta restaurants.R ordered the Piccata Parma with pork tenderloin in a masala cream sauce with porcini mushroom. The pasta was rather bland and the meat was just alright, not tender enough. The masala cream sauce was also on the lighter side. The biggest problem I had with this was the timing, you see each plate of pasta came out at different times, so by the time the birthday girl's pasta arrived, this was pretty much cold. Also, because it was served on a flat plate, the heat dissipated really fast.
A ordered the Linguine al frutti de mare with white wine sauce. I did like this sauce, as you can taste the slight white wine infused in the garlic olive oil sauce. It wasn't really salty, but I preferred it this way, because you can really taste the fresh seafood flavor.
You know the expression save the best for last, well in this case it's true. K had the seafood linguine in a spicy tomato broth (aka Linguine Soul), and it was absolutely delicious. First off, what's with the portion, it seems twice the amount comparing with everything else. Also because it's more of a broth than sauce, thus the whole dish stay hot through out the meal. The sauce was nice combination of Korean hot sauce and tomato sauce. The didn't skimp out on the seafood either, there were quite a few pieces of prawns, scallops, clams, and mussels. So if there is one dish I recommend trying, this is it.
The one thing I learned while dining here was that the restaurant owners are Korean and as well as the cooks. This was really not surprising, consider the sauces here are more like fusion than traditional. Anyways, the food here was okay and the portion only moderate, but for the price you pay, I'd say this is a good deal.