A tasty spin on fusion cuisine has entered the downtown fray with Cocha. The owners, Saskia Spanhoff and Enrique Pinurea, a husband and wife from south Louisiana and Venezuela, respectively, returned from California last year to offer Baton Rouge a dining alternative featuring global flavors.
Cocha opened late last December on North Sixth Street, and the interior is festively decorated with pieces from the couple’s travels, along with art made from Mardi Gras beads. The most prominent work is behind the host stand: a piano festooned with beads.
There is an eclectic cocktail list at the bar, featuring drinks with interesting ingredients such as shrubs, green tea and dewberries. The food menu is divided into Small Bites, Shared Plates and Larger Offerings showcasing a wide variety of international cuisines.
Our secret reviewer sampled some of Cocha’s dishes for the restaurant review in our September issue.