Tucked-away Cocotte always feels like a special find just because it’s so cosy and intimate, and while it is a great choice for couples and those in need of a tête-à-tête, it’s also welcoming to bigger groups, particularly with those ladies who are ever so fond of lunching.
This month at Cocotte, Chef Petrous Moldovan has launched a new seasonal Discovery Menu (at an unbeatable $390 per person), available only at dinnertime. The simple yet classic menu showcases three courses: a starter of salmon served three ways (smoked, tartare and rillettes), beef bavette with crushed fingerling potatoes, green beans and bordelaise sauce for the main and, for dessert, fresh berries sabayon.
Also getting a revamp is the chef’s lunch menu, offering reasonably priced two- and three-course sets at $150/$180 a head. Like the dedicated eaters we are, Foodie was on hand to sample the latest lunch goodies, and they didn’t disappoint. Our favourite dish, surprisingly since it was a cold soup after all, was the green pea and basil velouté, which tasted like a fresh, aromatic liquidised pesto. The charcuterie plate was top notch, featuring a sensational chunky pâté. We were also treated to the restaurant’s Hugo Desnoyer beef rib-eye (Monsieur Desnoyer is a celeb in Parisian butchery circles), which can be ordered à la carte for $985. This may seem like a whole lot of moolah to shell out of a lunchtime, but the steak is huge – the menu says that it’s for two, but it served three not-very-dainty eaters extremely generously – and it was accompanied by a well-dressed green salad and a mound of roast potatoes that were so naturally sweet it was almost as if an additional sweetener had been added to the spuds. The rib-eye was liberally topped with truffle shavings (so much, in fact, that it was more a case of, would you like some steak with your truffle?) and a divine jus that had us mopping up our plates. For those with lighter appetites (no judgement here), Cocotte has also added a range of healthier salad options, including quinoa with tomato, cucumber, avocado and feta for $120 and a chicken Caesar for $130.
Escargots with wild mushrooms and herb butter
Hugo Desnoyer beef rib-eye
Dessert selection: (clockwise from top left) profiterole, flan, Valrhona chocolate textures, seasonal fruit tart
To push the boat out even further during lunch, diners at Cocotte can now order a cheese plate (ranging from one to five cheeses at $40–160) to complete their meal, as well as any dessert for only $30 or – one of our favourite ways to end a meal in true Gallic style – café gourmand (espresso with a selection of petits fours) for $50.
9 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, 2568 8857