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.
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.
- Business travellers
- People watching