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“Superb...for Decades”
Review of Black Tulip

Black Tulip
Ranked #20 of 152 Restaurants in Cocoa
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed September 30, 2019 via mobile

We recently visited the Tulip restaurant after having left the area more than 30 years ago.

We enjoyed the dinner special, which even came with wine and dessert. The salmon and the chicken were quite delicious.

The service made the wonderful meal even more special. So glad that we returned to the Tulip! We were delighted to find that it was every bit as wonderful as it was in the 1980s.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 11, 2019

The best thing about this restaurant is that is an easy walk to the Cocoa Playhouse. But the last time I was here, the meals were just okay. The salad was just ordinary. I had the grouper special, but the fish was dry from being overcooked. The rice was uneven -- some of it was okay, but some of the grains were hard, but whether from under or overcooking I could not tell. The veggies were just ordinary.

Our server was pleasant, but inexperienced.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Great People, Great Food, Prices were not out of sight. BTW they are now known as "The Tulip" (I think for 3-4 years now).

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

The Tulip Restaurant- Cocoa Village- 2 Stars

Usually, when a restaurant has been open in the same location for 36 years, it's a fairly good indicator that they are doing something right. The Black Tulip was once a staple of fine dining...my, how times have changed What was once a good value for fine dining has become a charade of a ghost that no longer exists.

Even before I entered this once center of culinary delight, I knew they weren't what they were. Right there on the front was the first indicator: drastically reduced "summer" hours (summer, in FL, that cracks me up every time). If you want to make The Big Boy's Top 5, you have to be open, with the same operating hours, year round.

I was greeted by Tanya who serves double duty as owner and hostess, which may explain her poor attitude. Maybe she was let down by an employee, maybe one of her purveyors got the order wrong, maybe the people before me needed a shower. I don't know, but it was clear she was not enjoying her work day.

After being drudgingly lead to my table near the door, I politely requested to be seated elsewhere and was denied. Tanya handed me a menu and perfunctorily left. Thinking that was rather rude, I began to read the menu. I must say that it certainly read well! It read like the fine dining place it used to be had somehow become its cooler cousin and everything was scaled down just a bit to casual fine dining. Becoming very intrigued as to how this mishmash of fine and casual would be pulled off, I anxiously awaited my steward.

I finally understood the saying, "be careful what you wish for," as the young man serving us for the evening introduced himself as Kevin and then had the temerity to say, "Hey Buddy. Whatcha havin'?" If this is what they meant by fine casual dining, I was no longer intrigued about what was going on in the kitchen, I was terrified. Be that as it may, the job must go forth and so to that end I placed an order for 1 Macallan (neat), Veal Oscar and some Escargot

For starters, I was very impressed with the barkeep, or perhaps they knew what was coming my way as the Scotch was what we like to call a long, strong pour. Enjoying the smokiness of my beverage, my eyes soon spied Kevin sauntering over with our cuisine. As he placed it on the table, I was immediately taken aback. The plated food looked hideous. However, I learned a long time ago to never judge food by looks and so reaching for my cutlery, I apprehensively dug in.

The cut of veal was fine, not great, but fine. However, it was way overcooked which gave it a texture akin to beef tongue and veal isn't suppose to chew like that. The crab meat was your typical lump crab meat from a can as were the mushrooms (just say no to the can) and all I can say about the Hollandaise sauce is that their saucier needs to be either fired immediately or sent back to sauce school. James Beard would be appalled that this goop had the impertinence to even call itself a sauce, let alone the delicate, artful French sauce known as Hollandaise. As one can see in the pictures this stuff had the texture of curdled milk (perhaps that is what happened, this sauce is one of the four required to be mastered in order for an applicant to be considered a place in a French school of culinary arts--it is not all that easy to make and can turn on you faster than an ex-girlfriend). Surprisingly, the accompanying mashed potatoes were made in-house and seasoned with just the right amount of garlic and while the vegetables were cooked to a perfect doneness, they were then smothered in the same dreadful goo as the veal. The side salad was the saving grace of the meal. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, the Caesar dressing was flavorful, delicate and not too oily and there were anchovies graceful placed on top.

The Escargot, disappointingly, was covered in the same abysmal sauce as the veal cutlet and therefore were horrendous. I was saddened by this as the snails themselves were concocted with obvious skill and attention to detail. They were masterfully cooked as was the bed of spinach next to them. All and all this just is not worth it and the grand old lady of Central Brevard needs a walker, oxygen and a pasture.

The Big Boy says, "Unless you are into faux French cuisine served with a very French attitude, don't dine here."

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

My wife has been wanting to try one of the restaurants in Cocoa Village for a while. So for date night I took her to the Black Tulip. We were both very impressed. The food was really good and the prices were reasonable from $18 - 27. I had the chicken cordon bleu and she had the roasted pork. The restaurant offers a dinner option for $35 and you get a four course meal with options. That was a great deal. I will definitely be back.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Randy G
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