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.
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
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.
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
Pigeon fermier rôti à l’ail, fine purée de pommes de terre
Daube de joue de boeuf fondante aux petits oignons et champignons
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
Demi gaufre à la Chantilly, caramel à la fleur de sel
I’m a bit late to the party on this one. See what some Paris blogger friends have written about Les Cocottes:
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.
135 rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 (École Militaire)
01 45 55 15 05
€22-50 per person.