Room for Dessert
Coco La Ti Da, 806 E Roy St,
www.cocolatida.com Tues—Thurs 4—10 pm, Fri—Sat 4 pm—1 am, Sun 11 am—7 pm.
806 East Roy Street, the restaurant space occupying the southwest corner of the historic gray-stone Loveless Building, is an inarguably special place. While just across from the Harvard Exit movie theater and next to the cafe Joe Bar, it feels strangely tucked away and quiet. With walls covered in richly colored Pushkin fairy-tale murals, it's the sort of place that lends itself to memorable food experiences; I'm thinking particularly of the frisée salad and duck barbecue at the tragically short-lived Fork, the last occupant. Here's hoping the newest incarnation of 806 East Roy Street, Coco La Ti Da, the "dessert restaurant and lounge" that opened this week, will be as delicious as its name is ridiculous. It certainly seems promising; conceived and created by popular James Beard Award—nominated pastry chef Sue McCown—who's made desserts at Campagne, the Painted Table, and Earth & Ocean, and has already guided Coco La Ti Da to success as a wholesale bakery—the restaurant's menu will feature savory items like chèvre-stuffed fig "lollipops" and pork sliders, along with the whimsically named pastries McCown is known for. Also planned: a selection of dessert drinks and weekly rotating cordial/liqueur flights paired with desserts.