When Vincent Mazrou told us that he would be hosting his first restaurant event to celebrate the 1st birthday of Les Cocottes, we were more than happy to support him. And who doesn’t enjoy a birthday party?! Les Cocottes, located in Saint-Édouard on Beaubien Est, held a small cocktail for friends with plenty of food and drink, and even some live music.
We started with wine. Though we should confess that though we were given drink tickets for both wine and beer, we traded our beer tickets for more wine. And when our tickets ran out, we “found” more tickets. It made for a fabulous, yet tasteful evening! We enjoyed the different cheeses which included blue cheese, brie, and hard cheeses as well as a variety of charcuterie. And for once, baguette wasn’t served alongside but rather a soft country bread, along with nuts, grapes, and gherkins.
We loved their burger and how could we not, with duck, foie gras and caramelised onions? It wowed us. And they did not skimp on any of the ingredients either, the burger was messy but we made sure to eat every last piece of duck and foie gras! They even make the foie gras in house, it was mouth-watering. We would return just for the burger alone!
The cod croquettes were light but some bites were a little doughier than we would have liked. The shell of each croquette was nice and crispy, and the tartar-like sauce was a touch spicy, which we enjoyed.
The mini falafels were a real treat, with a very crunchy crust and tender interior. Sometimes vegan can be fun … but you won’t hear that come out of our mouth more than once a year. And for those of you divas who love a good presentation, Les Cocottes did a great job showing off their plate on a table with pine needles and their business card casually tossed near the plate.
Cut into chunks, we preferred the beef tartare over the salmon tartare. It was served on crispy pieces of bread and dressed with classic ingredients like shallots, green onions and capers. But the fresh twist was the cranberries which added a nice tart bite to the tartare.
Salmon tartare is everywhere these days and making your dish stand out from the rest can be difficult. Here at Les Cocottes, the salmon tartare stood out but for all the wrong reasons. The fish itself was a tad well… fishy and the marinade was drab. We much preferred their beef tartare!
We also enjoyed a deer stew. The rich gravy was made with amber beer and coated the meat well. This is definitely a dish to be enjoyed during the colder months; it’s a stick to your ribs kind of dish. A cross between an Irish stew and a hunter’s stew, and perfectly prepared in a cocotte obviously!
Our night was winding down and we went in search of our cantankerous, chatty friend Day Jobs & the NightLife to let him know that we were leaving. As he made his final rounds, we realized there was no room in the car for him. In a panic, we left like thieves in the night and didn’t look back. We later received threatening texts from him but he can never stay mad at the Divas for long! Although we are concerned that he cut Diva #1’s brakes…
Les Cocottes is a cozy restaurant in Little Italy that offers something a little different, their focus is on cooking in… well… cocottes. If you’re in the mood to share a few small plates and warm up with a hearty dish and glass of wine, make your way down to Les Cocottes and see what they’re all about!
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