I reviewed Cocotte when it first opened a little over two years ago (read previous review here) and was very impressed by its humble yet hearty French cuisine and the friendly attitude of the owners, brothers Brice and Jonathan Moldovan. Since then, their brother Petrous (Brice’s twin) has joined them as Chef, and the three brothers together continue to satisfy hungry diners from their cute little brasserie just off Hollywood Road.
Chef Petrous has recently updated the menu, creating a new “Discovery” menu for dinner and a new set lunch menu with two-course ($150) or three-course ($180) options, as well as a la carte dishes. I popped by for lunch last week and sampled a range of new dishes.
The green pea and basil velouté was light, refreshing and lovely. The whipped cream was more like crème fraiche and, spiked with penja pepper, added a pleasant, spiced touch to the chilled soup.
I generally have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude towards snails, mainly because I can’t be bothered to deal with the shells. In Cocottes’ persillade d’escargots de Bourgogne, the snails had already been removed from their shells and sautéed with wild mushrooms in a deliciously garlicky butter that made the perfect dipping sauce for the crusty bread rolls. The snails were nicely cooked so that they didn’t have that rubbery texture and the mushrooms added a welcome earthy flavour to the salty garlic butter.
The chicken Caesar salad from the a la carte menu had just the right amount of Caesar dressing that didn’t overpower the other ingredients and kept it nice and light.
You can’t get much more decadent than a perfectly medium-rare ribeye topped with shavings of black truffle. Although this might look like it would have been far too rich, it was just the right amount of truffle for sharing. Some of the beef was a little too fatty, not in a melt-in-the-mouth kind of way, and I didn’t think the accompanying jus was particularly necessary given the strong flavours of the steak and truffle.
The homemade fries with garlic and herb butter were dangerously good and I did enjoy the steak’s jus with these.
The quinoa salad from the a la carte menu was pleasantly light and tasty, but I would only order this as a side dish to accompany something else, as I didn’t feel it had enough excitement to carry its own.
For dessert, I wasn’t overjoyed by the Flan Parisien, but the Valrhona chocolate mousse was every bit as rich, fluffy and satisfying as a good chocolate mousse should be.
All in all, I was impressed by Cocotte’s new menu – it offers something for everyone, depending if you’re after something light or something a little more hearty, and it’s definitely good value for money. The wines by the glass are also fantastic value at $40 each, making it very hard to turn down a crisp glass of rosé over lunch! On days when I fancy a little more than just a salad for lunch, Cocotte will definitely be on the cards.
9 Shin Hing Street
Tel: +852 2568 8857