Located on the ground floor of the recently opened AC Hotel in North Hills, is CO – Raleigh’s newest, hippest Asian fusion restaurant! This is the 7th CO location to open since its initial founding in Charleston, SC in 2012. With its sleek, modern furnishings and upscale vibe, CO fits right in here in North Hills. CO features a variety of Southeast Asian dishes, with a focus on Vietnamese cuisine. Its impressive menu includes dumplings, pho, bahn mi, noodle dishes, and even a small pressed sushi menu.

Pressed sushi, known as Oshizushi, is made by pressing blocks of rice and sushi toppings into a perfect rectangle. CO’s pressed salmon and avocado pressed sushi is made with maze goham rice pressed with shiitake mushrooms and topped with a tangy lemon aioli. We haven’t seen anything like it Raleigh before! Admittedly, it’s a little challenging to eat. I was advised that people should just eat it with their hands next time, which makes a lot of sense!

Owner Gregory Bauer says that CO’s menu was inspired by his travels to Asia, particularly Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia. He is particularly fond of the curry laksa, a popular Malaysian dish that includes shrimp shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, and baby bok choy served in a spicy coconut broth…

 

There are plenty of menu items to suit any taste or dietary need. The CO vegan menu features lemongrass tofu bahn mi and mango summer rolls. Its gluten-free menu features items such as curry shrimp and green papaya salad.

Many CO menu items feature their delicious sauces. The pork and ginger gyoza came with a soy scallion sauce, while the edamame gyoza was served atop a sesame soy vinaigrette. We spied some hot sauce on another table and just had to try it. While it wasn’t super-hot, it had a unique Asian flavor. I’d love to try it in wings. Fortunately, it is available for purchase!

When you dine at CO, you should definitely save some room for dessert. The small, but mighty dessert menu includes tempura banana, crispy cheesecake wontons, and green tea cheesecake!

CO is now open for dinner nightly and plans to begin its lunch service on March 26th. Be on the lookout for Happy Hour Temptations Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm, which feature tasty Asian-inspired snacks for $3-$5. Also look out for fabulous weekly drink specials, including half off sake carafes on Tuesday and Thursday!

The CO restaurant in Raleigh will definitely be a hit with the North Hills crowd, as it’s a great spot to chill after work, or just spend an evening with friends. The knowledgeable staff made us feel right at home with impeccable service. A bit over a year in the making, since announcing its expansion to the Triangle area in early 2017, we were happy to finally be there for an official launch and get a sneak peek. 919 Blog would like to welcome CO to the Raleigh family – we raise a glass to your success!

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This post was created in collaboration with the North Hills Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN