Cocotte

Elisa:

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And now moving on…

Cocotte is a french word. It means:
1. Prostitute
2. A round or oval-shaped casserole either individual-size or large. Traditionally made of earthenware, it is ideal from a family to dine at a table.
For Chef Anthony Yeoh, he refers to the latter, of course. “It just so happens that it’s a euphemism for prostitute. It’s kind of a coincidence, but turned out to be an interesting one,” given that this neighborhood historically had a reputation for prostitution, he says.
This unique explanation reflects on the distinctive vision Chef Anthony Yeoh has for its food. Cocotte focuses on the idea of communal dining – unpretentious French cuisine served in pots in sharing portions; their menu provides options for different serving sizes, depending on the number of people on your table; and large round tables. Such informal dining experience evidently replicates how families commune over meals.
“If you go to France, probably 80% of the time people aren’t eating big giant plates with like this little tiny ball of food that’s dressed up this high,” says Mr. Yeoh, referring to the common stereotype that some high-end French food is too conceptual or stuffy, without being satisfying. “You’ve got to think about what people actually eat at home – I wanted to get to the heart of what’s French food.”
We went there for brunch one lazy Sunday afternoon. It was a little confusing and frustrating to get there as the streets were hustling and bustling with people and vehicles, and Cocotte was located just right at the end of a tiny little ally. Thankfully, complimentary valet was available. If not my mother would have grumbled and I would have had my head gone.
Cocotte is located in the lobby of Wanderlust Hotel. The first thing which caught my attention was its quirky décor – stained glass and old-school barber chairs amidst its discolored dull surroundings.

Pain Au Chocolat

Pain Au Chocolat ($10). I had initially thought that 1 Chocolate croissant would be served. But of course, communal dining, a few little chocolate croissants were served on a checkered red and white cloth in a wooden basket. How cute. The corissants were warm when they arrived and they were definitely extremely delicious! Light and flaky, with an intense dark chocolate in the inside. It was definitely not like the other chocolate croissants I would find in a usual bakery in Singapore.

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu ($16): Brioche fresh toast, served w/ fresh whipped Chantilly & homemade cherry glaze. My mother especially loved this French toast firstly because it is brioche. What can be better than brioche French toast? Buttery, smooth, light and airy. Also, it had a slightly sugary crispy crust which was extremely delightful. Secondly, it wasn’t too sweet. The cherry glaze was both sweet and sour at the same time.

Croque Monsier

Croque Monsier ($16): Brioche, béchamel, Dijon mustard, ham & gruyere. What can you not love about ham and cheese? Even a child, with limited exposure to the different types of food, know that ham and cheese sandwiches are one of the world’s best eats. It’s ok, he wouldn’t have to be exposed to a wider range of food as ham and cheese would still be as important and significant in his life. Again, brioche – butter, smooth, light and airy – made it all the more better. The cheese was oozing out from all sides of the bread. In the inside, apart from the lovely cheese, you get the creaminess from the béchamel, savoriness and saltiness from the ham, and the slight sweetness from the Dijon mustard. It was a pleasure absolutely.
We also had the Nicoise Salad ($18): Traditional Provencal salad of fine beans, anchovies, olives, tomatoes, tuna & hard-boiled eggs. But I had forgotten to take a picture of it 😦 oopsies. This was just fine, it wasn’t anything extraordinary. It was alright, and hence in my opinion, it was slightly overpriced.
We also had the Smoked Salmon, Creamed Spinach Crepe ($22): Served w/ crème fraiche & chives. (But sorry no pics again :() I love how thin and light the crepe was. However, I felt that it could have been cooked a little longer so as to make it slightly crispy, giving a little texture to the dish. Overall, again, the dish was alright. Nothing spectacular that would make me go for it again.
Of course, I wanted to try their weekend roast from their Carving Trolley, complete with all the trimmings, but it was definitely way more for the 3 of us. Maybe next time.
I certainly enjoyed brunch at Cocotte. It was simple, comfortable, yet hearty French cuisine which managed to showcase freshness, flavor and technique at the same time. I would return on a weekday as I hear that their weekday lunch set is extremely affordable – 3 courses for $32. They have Happy Hours, and certain themed nights as well. For example, Fridays and Saturdays are often live music nights, while Mussel Night are on every Monday & Thursday.  Why Monday & Thursday? Because their mussels arrive on Monday & Thursday and so they are the freshest then, unless you move to Norway of course. For just a reasonable $35, you can enjoy a large pot of live Norwegian Blue Mussels prepared in a creamy apple cider sauce, good to share for 2-3 people.
Also, if you’re worried about where to park, don’t worry! Cause they’ve got it all covered for you 🙂 Complimentary valet is available from Mondays to Sundays, 1230hrs to 1500hrs, and Mondays to Saturdays 1830hrs to 2300hrs. That made it all the more easier.
Cocotte
No. 2 Dickson Road 

Singapore 209494
Tel: 6298 1188
http://restaurantcocotte.com/

On another note, Happy 4th of July to the United States of America! 🙂

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