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My 2 cents on Cocotte (long)

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My 2 cents on Cocotte (long)

Stephanie L. | Sep 6, 2002 11:00 AM

So I thought I'd give this place a try last night on the strength of people's recommendations, even though I usually wait a little for a new restaurant to settle in. Decor is nice, though a bit too much dark wood for my personal taste. The banquettes are definitely NOT made for short people; the bench was set very low and the cushions uncomfortable. (I ended up sitting on the chair--still low but better.)

As for the food...well, I was there alone so I can only give you one person's impressions. Herbed butter was indeed yummy--the waitress said it contained lemon juice, parsley, and garlic. Had a glass of white Bordeaux (can't remember the label, but it's the only one served by the glass) that was nice & fruity and not too heavy. Not being a wine expert, I can't really vouch for the quality of the wine list but they have about 3 whites and 3 reds available by the glass.

Started out with the basic green salad. Dressing on the greens was a little salty, but the diced tomatoes on the side were perfectly seasoned. Entree was a roasted trout filet with a cherry tomato, portobello, and proscuitto melange and scallion mashed potatoes in a verre jus. Trout actually was a pink color inside, possibly from the sauce, so for a little bit I was confused & thought I'd been served salmon. The tomato et al mixture was very good, with the proscuitto chunks a nice meaty addition. Potatoes tasted fine as mashed potatoes go but aside from the green color you could hardly tell that they had scallions in them.

I did not have dessert or even glance at a menu as I was just too full. However, I did hear the waiter at a nearby table say they were out of a couple of desserts (and it was early on in the evening). Total bill for one glass of wine, one salad, and one entree was $33. Service was friendly & solicitous. They do ask you right off the bat if you want bottled or tap water.

I would like to wait a month or so and try it again because I think it needs to have some of its kinks ironed out. I do think they are eager to receive input (I told my waitress that I'd thought the salad dressing was salty, in a polite & friendly way of course). In time I think it will be a nice addition to the area.

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