When Sharon said we were going for French food in Little India, I assumed we would be chowing down at the venerable French Stall on Serangoon Road. As it turned out, she and Edwin were bringing us somewhere far more quirky and awesome.
COCOTTE‘s unique selling proposition is “unpretentious, rustic French cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting”. It’s located on the ground floor of Wanderlust hotel on Dickson Road, smack dab in the heart of Little India and surrounded by zi char eateries. To put it mildly, the location was pretty… random.
COCOTTE has got pretty nice atmosphere – the lighting is low, but you can still see your food and your friends. It was also lovely that no one seemed to mind the sometimes-fussy toddler at our table.
The artsier-than-thou decor wasn’t what I’d personally describe as unpretentious, but it was comfortable all the same. Sophie in particular made herself rather comfy.
Edwin wasn’t kidding when he said everything on the menu was great. We all had the Soup du Jour ($14) – who knew that cream of cauliflower could taste so yummy?
We also shared the Pig’s Trotter ($24) – crispy medallions of tender, boneless pig trotters, served with arugula & pistachio dressing – and the Moules a la Normande ($22) – air-flown live French bouchot mussels in a light apple cider cream sauce. The former was more of a salad:
The mussels, meanwhile, were so delectable, I just wish we could’ve had more. I thought I could resist overindulging on the cream sauce, but resistance was futile. Even when the mussels were gone, I just kept going for the sauce with bits of bread.
And speaking of the bread!
Look, as much as low-carb diets are supposed to be the bee’s knees, I am a complete sucker for good bread. And the mini baguettes at Cocotte were some kind of amazing. I’m think they bake it themselves, but I quite forgot to ask. Also, James is pretty sure that the label on the butter was French for “I hope you know a good cardiologist.”
We also had main courses to share: the Boeuf Bourguignon ($35) and the Sole Meuniere ($34). For dessert, Edwin and Sharon ordered the Basque Cake ($14) and we had an interestingly lavender-scented Creme Brulee ($12) Alas, I was having too much fun to take any more photos. You’ll just have to take my word for it that everything was delicious, and that we got up from the table splendidly stuffed.
2 Dickson Road, +65 6298 1188