I don’t know how many of you guys have been to Les Cocottes in the 7th arrondissement…Last time I went it was bustling with people but I think it’s safe to say this is the perfect place to eat lunch. Though the vibe of this restaurant screams “chic diner” the food is too delicious to write off as “simple diner food”. If you’re in Paris I highly suggest it! Just don’t order their version of the Caeser Salad though …
The presentation of the food here is consistent, all conveniently served in these little “cocottes”, or mini cast iron pans. Each of these come with mini wooden boards that magnetically attach themselves to the cocottes (such smart design, you’d think this idea was an obvious one). Waiters can lift these cocottes by the handle without having the fiddle around with the board. The cocotte pans are kind of like this restaurant’s schtick, almost like they’re trying to say…”food should be served this way! It’s the way Parisians want to eat”. Below, some foamy Lobster Ravioli.
Ravioli is covered with a foamy, soup like texture that tastes just like Lobster Bisque..but 10 x lighter and frothier. Ravioli isn’t filled with a useless paste of cheese and grated shellfish bits but whole pieces of fresh lobster.
This dish below was really “it” for me, the best plate on their menu (or at least from what I ordered). I am a sucker for arugula and balsamic vinaigrette and this one had both of those, but what topped it off were those hardened pieces of bacon that had been caramelized in a sugary syrup of Balsamic. Kind of similar to dipping bacon into maple syrup…And let’s not forget that soft boiled egg with a runny yolk to provide for extra dressing.
Bacon is everything!
Seared scallop on top of polenta with Balsamic sauce.
I’ve forgotten the proper names for each dish, but this one below was definitely some kind of Panna cotta, flavored with Vanilla and topped with dried fruit (which has been heavily spiced with Star Anise). The dried clementines or tangerines or oranges (seriously forgot which citrus fruit it was!) and the sauce that went with it was really bitter and sweet all at the same time.
One of Christian Constant’s famous desserts, the chocolate tart.
Les Cocottes de Christian Constant
135 Rue Saint-Dominique
75007 Paris, France