Les Cocottes

Price guide: Mid-range

135 rue St-Dominique, Paris, 75007

Price guide: Mid-range

Les Cocottes

By Natasha Edwards, your Paris expert

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#16 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in Paris
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Singles, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of Les Cocottes

It's all in the pot at Christian Constant's sleek modern Parisian diner.

Christian Constant used to be Michelin three-star chef at the illustrious Crillon, where he trained a whole new generation of Paris's top young neo-bistro chefs – before following in his pupils' stead and opening his own very elegant bistro Le Violin d'Ingres. Later he added a fish restaurant Fables de la Fontaine and Le Café Constant on either side, and then Les Cocottes next door, his take on a casual diner – no reservations, an informal mood and a menu centred around slow-cooked cocottes.

Food and drink: 

The concept is grandmotherly home cooking baked in cast-iron cocottes, except, of course, it's much more sophisticated than most of us – or our grandmothers – cook at home: high-quality ingredients, subtle combinations and well-honed timing that lift these dishes out of the ordinary. There's always a cocotte of the day – perhaps fish baked with seasonal vegetables – as well as a list of other cocottes, including a rather grandiose pigeon, potatoes stuffed with pigs' trotters for the courageous or a tagine-style lamb with couscous "chips". Add to that excellent soups – a creamy cep velouté on my visit, inventive verrines, terrines and a "véritable" Cesar salad as starters, and tempting desserts like waffles with cream.

Ambience: 

A chic sleek modern setting where you can perch on a high stool along the counter (good for solo diners or for twos), as well as a few high tables for 3 or 4 and a communal table d'hôtes drawing a diverse yet elegant range of the chattering classes, ladies who lunch, bods from nearby embassies and ministries and international foodies. Note they don't take reservation and it soon fills up at lunch, so try to arrive early.

Service: 

Manage to serve a surprising number of people with remarkable efficiency and alternate between French and English.

Location: 

The smart residential seventh between the Eiffel Tower and embassy land.

Price advice: 

The cocotte du jour is 15 euros, other cocottes are mainly in the 15-25 euro range.

More information on Les Cocottes:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
135 rue St-Dominique, Paris, 75007
Website:
http://www.leviolindingres.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible

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