I love that my apartment is walking distance from restaurants that I’ve been dying to cross off my list. Pure kismet. On that list was Les Cocottes (135 Rue Saint-Dominique), a modern French restaurant by Christian Constant, where everything is served in Staub cocottes. Christian Constant actually has three restaurants all next to each other on Rue Saint-Dominique: Café Constant, Les Cocottes and Le Violin D’Ingres. People have actually dubbed that section of the street “Rue Constant.”
At Les Cocottes, I had a lovely guide to show me the way. Grace is a fellow blogger living in Paris and I feel like we are kindred spirits because of our extreme love of food. Les Cocottes is one of her go-to places so I happily let her suggest which dishes to order.
We started with the langoustine ravioli with artichoke mousseline and the poached egg and crispy bacon salad. I know the picture of the langoustine ravioli does not look like much, but those precious morsels were covered in a beautiful foam. That soft, delicate sauce was simply outstanding. I could not stop dipping my baguette into it (the waiter had to refill our bread basket) and thinking how lucky I was to be eating this delicious food at that moment. The ravioli were good, but it is really the sauce that steals the show. While I enjoyed the poached egg and bacon salad, the bacon was a little too tough for my liking. It was not “crispy” but “difficult to eat” instead. It was a simple salad with a nice vinaigrette dressing.