135 rue St-Dominique, Paris, 75007
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Singles, People watching, Trendiness
Expert review of Les Cocottes
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.
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.
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.
Manage to serve a surprising number of people with remarkable efficiency and alternate between French and English.
The smart residential seventh between the Eiffel Tower and embassy land.
The cocotte du jour is 15 euros, other cocottes are mainly in the 15-25 euro range.
More information on Les Cocottes:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Diner, Restaurant
- 135 rue St-Dominique, Paris, 75007
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat noon-4pm, 7pm-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible