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Cocotte at Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore
February 28, 2012

Cocotte at Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore

Pretty table setting

I was alone for the day in Singapore as Jeen was heading back to KL. She did however, leave me with suggestions on places to try and Cocotte was one of them. I’m not a spontaneous person; at least, not as spontaneous as I would like to be. Random isn’t something that best describes me – that’s meant for Christy.

Quirky decor

But I decided to do two things that were out of my norm that day – explore the city on my own and not read up on “how to eat French food” before going to a French restaurant. Yes, French dining was (and still is) never my forte and I always felt intimidated especially at places like Sage and Cilantro.

More of the decor…

Finding Wanderlust Hotel (where Cocotte is at) wasn’t easy because a) I don’t live in Singapore and b) Geography was never my best subject. Luckily, a nice man pointed me to the right direction; he works as a chef at a popular restaurant in Little India called Gayatri, not too far away from Cocotte. The term “cocotte” refers to the pot, not prostitute but I was told the area had a reputation for the latter.

I reached Cocotte hungry and slightly flustered from the sun. “Table for one?” asked my waiter. I nodded and he led me to an available spot and handed me the menu. I was there for the 3-course executive lunch set (SGD29++ including coffee or tea), which was pretty good value for money.

Bread roll with French unsalted butter

Unlike some places in Singapore, the staff at Cocotte didn’t have a problem with me snapping photographs with my camera. The bread served was dense and chewy, but not rock hard. Alas, the unsalted butter that came with it was too hard to spread.

Pear, Bleu D’Auvergne Salad

Crisp greens with pungent blue cheese. Like!

I decided to skip the soup du jour for the Pear, Bleu D’Auvergne Salad. This was a lovely assemblage of pear slices, generous pieces of blue cheese, crisp garden greens and toasted hazelnuts, tossed in a light lemon-hazelnut dressing. The table next door had the soup (cream of mushroom soup with truffle oil) and I could smell the truffle from where I sat.

Pan Seared Seabass on a bed of summer vegetables in a seafood nage

For my main course, I opted for the Pan Seared Seabass. Those who know me well would know that I almost never order fish when I eat out. This random choice came from Julia Child, who painted a delicious image of seabass cooked the French way in my head. The seabass skin was amazingly crispy, giving way to a moist and firm centre. Even the sides of the fish were crispy.

Good portion

Moist and firm flesh

The seafood nage was a tad salty on its own, but paired nicely with the fish. Despite their meaty texture, the clams had a slightly fishy taste which I didn’t fancy. The asparagus was beautifully cooked – crisp on the outside, yet tender within. Also decent were the zucchini slices while the potato cubes were deliberately undercooked with the skin intact. I rather enjoyed the latter.

Crème Brulee

I initially wanted to order the citron tart but my waiter recommended the Crème Brulee instead. It tasted as beautiful as it looked. The thin layer of glaze broke at the gentle tap of my spoon and I ate the content as slowly as possible to savour each bite. I tasted hints of lavender in the rich custard and a bittersweet flavour from the caramelized sugar.

Rich custard with a bittersweet flavour from the caramelized sugar

It might be a tad heavy for some, but it was perfect for me since I had a light main course. If you’re having something heavy as your main, I reckon the tarte au citron might be better.

Latte

For coffee, you have a choice of latte, espresso and cappuccino; I’m not sure about the tea options though. My latte was a disaster. It was very bitter. I suspect the beans were over-roasted and the coffee left a nasty aftertaste that lingered for a while even after sips of water. This was too difficult to drink so I left it alone after two sips.

Save for the latte, I enjoyed my lunch. I liked that the Cocotte was casual and unpretentious, which allowed me to indulge in my food minus the fear of being judged. Lunch came up to SGD34 after tax and service charge.

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: If all French food were  like Cocotte’s, I wouldn’t feel so intimidated anymore!

Cocotte
No. 2 Dickson Road
Singapore 209494
+65 6298 1188
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://restaurantcocotte.com
Closed on Sundays


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16 Responses

  1. Oh is it common knowledge that Singapore restaurants dont like ppl snapping photos? No wonder the lady at Wild Honey told us no photos when we left the restaurant.. too late then. Haha!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Ya, I was told that. I was told not to take pictures at Wild Honey too. -_-

    2. Must be the exception rather than the norm … I haven’t been in SG all that long but so far so good haven’t been told not to take photos at any of the places I’ve eaten at ;D

      1. Bangsar Babe

        Lucky you! I don’t get why they are so scared of people taking photographs of restaurants…

  2. I like the Pan Seared Seabass…
    it is simple recipe n i love the clamp…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      If you happen to visit Singapore, go try Cocotte. :)

  3. Remind me of restaurants under The BIG Group :P

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I think it’s a lot nicer. The food is yummier too. ;)

  4. i liked their facebook page but never got about staying there. haha.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I don’t know about staying there…but eating there is yummy. :)

  5. it’s interesting to note the ‘communal restaurant’ description on cocotte’s menu. i wonder if their original aim was to place strangers together on a table and hope that they all make friends with each other. the food does look quite ideal for a nice lunch :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Very ideal. I was quite impressed. And if I’m in Singapore next, I’ll drop by to check out their dinner menu. Hehe

  6. The food looks delicious especially dessert :-) What is it with other spots in Singapore and not wanting you to snap photos of food…? A great annoyance.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I think you would enjoy this lunch too. Seems healthy. :)

      Yeah, I don’t get it either. It’s as though they are worried I might open a similar restaurant next door. Pfftt…

  7. cannot take pictures of the food? i wonder it that excludes taking pictures of one eating the food:P

    the creme brulee looks decadent:D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Can take pictures my food on the table, but not of the surrounding. The creme brulee was yummyyy! ;)

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