Diane, A Broad
March 25, 2013

Les Cocottes

Les Cocottes is one of those restaurants I’ve been hearing about for ages. Two years ago, when I visited Paris for the first time, a friend of mine in LA who had spent part of his honeymoon here insisted that I try one of Christian Constant’s restaurants, as he had had his favorite meal of his entire trip at Le Violon d’Ingres.

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I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to visit this place, but what better way to visit than with resident expert, Carin? I think she goes to Les Cocottes as often as I go to Frenchie bar à vins, which is kind of saying a lot.

Ravioles de langoustines, mousseline d’artichauts

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I started with the langoustine ravioli, which has been lauded far and wide in the Paris blog scene as the entrèe to get, and not without cause. The shellfish was as tender and sweet as any I’ve had,  matched perfectly with the rich artichoke mousseline. And hiding the unattractively-colored mousseline under a blanket of creamy foam? Clever trick, that.

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All of the dishes here — even the desserts — come in cast-iron Staub cocottes and pans, hence the name. It’s a cute concept, even though lots of these dishes were clearly not actually cooked in the cocottes in which they are served.

Entrée du jour: soupe d’asperges

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Pigeon fermier rôti à l’ail, fine purée de pommes de terre

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Daube de joue de boeuf fondante aux petits oignons et champignons

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As a big fan of braises, I heartily enjoyed this stew of beef cheek served with baby potatoes, baby onions, and the tiniest mushrooms I’ve ever seen. Excellent rainy-weather food.

Dessert du jour: chocolat, framboise

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Demi gaufre à la Chantilly, caramel à la fleur de sel

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I’m a bit late to the party on this one. See what some Paris blogger friends have written about Les Cocottes:

Paris in Four Months
Will She Love Paris?
Expat Edna
There is No Rhyme or Reason
Sugared & Spiced

I must agree with what everyone’s said: Les Cocottes is serving good, solid, honest food at reasonable prices. When I think of how many tourists are eating at the crap-tastic chain bistros lining the Seine when they could be eating here for the same price or less… well, thank goodness they don’t do their research, or I’d never be able to get a seat here.

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Les Cocottes
135 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 (École Militaire)
01 45 55 15 05
€22-50 per person.

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  • http://twitter.com/52martinis 52 Martinis (@52martinis)

    i too am a big fan of les cocottes. It’s one of those places (like Bistro Paul Bert for me) where they’ve just been around awhile and make really good, worthwhile food – but no ones is really buzzing about them so much anymore because they’re not new. But, they still deserve a shout out from time to time to remind us that old favorites can still be great choices!

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      You know, I still haven’t been to Bistro Paul Bert, only Le 6. Better put it on the list for next week!

      • http://feeltheairinparis.wordpress.com Feel the air in Paris

        Ah! Finally I went to a place you have not been there yet ;)
        Don’t forget to book your table though…

  • Thea mIlle

    Whats your favorit resturant in paris? For a couple? We live in St.german. I love your blog :)

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      For a romantic dinner, it’s got to be Verjus (the tasting menu at the restaurant, not the wine bar — that’s a bit more casual). Incredible food, warm service, and the location right next to the Palais Royal is gorgeous.

  • http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com Little Pieces of Light

    It’s definitely in my top 3!! I end up going there 1x a month with a friend or two who have never been, and they are always super thrilled with the experience. Plus, everyone is so nice there!

    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      I really enjoyed myself there! I can see myself going back a lot. :)

  • http://rbjello.wordpress.com rbjello

    Thanks for the blog love! So happy to read that you loved the langoustine ravioli as much as I did.

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      <3

  • http://foxinparis.wordpress.com marybethfox

    Okay, so after seeing so many gorgeous pics, I’m definitely going to try this out. Perhaps in early April. Thanks for sharing!!

    • http://dianeabroad.com Diane, A Broad

      Hooray! Let me know what you think.

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