Monday, July 1, 2013

Paris - Gastro Bistro Le Cotte Roti

Frog's legs at Le Cotte Roti
The other night, J and I took a friend to Sardegna a Tavola, an excellent Sardinian restaurant in Paris' 12ème arrondissement. Or so we thought. When we arrived the table for three was sandwiched into a highly trafficked spot that guaranteed us an annoying experience. The lady taking care of us was rude about it, so we decided to leave, saying we'd just go to the excellent Le Cotte Roti next door. Before leaving, though, we decided to talk to the owner, who we know from past experience understands the hospitality business.

He said he was sorry but couldn't help us; instead, he talked to the people at Le Cotte Roti and secured us a table there (not so easy as it was full) and sent us each a glass of wine. So yes, we will return to Sardegna: a good save.

The "beauty part," as they say, was that our meal at Le Cotte Roti was superb. They have a wonderful 39-euro menu, with creative takes on the classics. I started with frogs' legs (a 5-euro supplement) -- perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. J started with a pea soup with creamy burrata, an interesting change from the classic cream or crème fraîche. Our friend's starter was home-made gravlax and (also homemade) Scandinavian pickles: she was happy.

Gravlax at Le Cotte Roti
Pea soup at Le Cotte Roti

I followed with the restaurant's signature dish, seven-hour lamb. Served with a densely earthy mushroom lasagna with many, many thin layers, this was the best version of this classic that I have ever had. Our guest agreed. J had an Iberico pork steak, which was excellent and lovely to look at. Desserts, which we shared, were very good, but not as memorable as the rest of the meal.

Le Cotte Roti 7-hour lamb with mushroom lasagna
Le Cotte Roti Iberico pork steak
Le Cotte Roti, 1 rue de Cotte, Paris 12ème (Métro Gare de Lyon or Ledru-Rollin).

Bobby Jay

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