Food Porn Friday | The Paris Edition | Part II
M E N U
75001 Paris, France
5 C O U R S E P R I X F I X E M E N U
Beautifully executed gastronomical dishes plated with the utmost detail and crafted with INSANE flavor profiles in mind. Le hubs and I eat A LOT of molecular gastronomy, fancy schmancy culinary creations from famed chefs all over the world; so while our palates may be very discerning, our expectations are not. We came with an open mind and Marchand blew it away!
Completely unpretentious yet artfully refined, every main dish had over 20 different components to it. A testament to the time and effort his team puts in for these expert creations.
With a seasonally changing tasting menu, I couldn’t write down everything they explained it was overwhelming to say the least! But just know that a visit to Frenchie should NOT be missed. Especially if this is your first foray into this style of cuisine, gastronomy at its finest.
And at only $85USD pp (before alcohol and beverages) it’s a pretty good deal.
Something like this in the states (especially LA) could start at $120pp easily.
O T H E R L O C A T I O N S
Upon entering the sleek and casual space you’re met with a row of bar seats perfect for quick style dining or a meal for 1. I love that the French are so into wine and cuisine, it’s very common to catch local diners popping in for their fave dishes alone while chatting up the servers. A clear indication that Les Cocottes is as much a local neighborhood eatery as it is a culinary destination.
M E N U
Old fashioned shellfish bisque with combawa chantilly
I’m allergic to lobster so sadly I couldn’t sample this soup but le hubs said it was beautifully done. Light, creamy, and very French he cleaned this dish with not only his spoon, but with our basket of bread as well and left no drop behind, lol.
Poached egg with crispy bacon and rocket salad
I love a good savory salad especially with caramelized chunks of crispy bacon rendered both in the dressing and generously doused atop. Every fork full of crunchy, chewy, sweet and salty bacon…yummmmm.
Special starter of the day: Mixed morel sauteed mushrooms
If you love woodsy, earthy mushrooms you’ll love this dish. But be forewarned, it might be a bit pungent for some so proceed with caution.
Basque ham from Ospital charcuterie
They are infamous for their charcuterie so order as much as your little heart can handle.
Caramelised potatoes stuffed with pig’s feet
I always try to look for the most unique dishes on a menu and order just that. Something I can’t easily find in the states, this stuffed potato dish was heavier than anything I typically eat. But the flavors were so authentic it reminded of something Gramma would make for Sunday supper. Hearty and delish!
This was their special seasonal fish for the day: Seabream with capers
Very French in technique and execution, the potato underneath made it a bit heavy but very refreshing nonetheless. If you’re in Orange County, Marche Moderne in South Coast Plaza makes a MEAN sea bream and the very reason it’s one of my favorite fishes of all time.
I wanted a plate of cheese for dessert but was so dang stuffed trying to finish all of the above, I opted for ‘Mamia’ from the Pays Basque with acacia honey instead. A very traditional basque dessert of curdled milk and french pastry cream, it tastes like a cross between regular yogurt and cream cheese with a texture akin to Vietnamese Almond tofu. Super light, bouncy, and the perfect ending to this contemporary French cuisine by Christian Constant.
Catch up with Food Porn Friday | The Paris Edition | Part I HERE
…and in case you missed all the Food Porn from the French Riviera…