After our afternoon walk near the Trocadero, we went to the Bon Marché for some more “window-licking” before heading back to our hotel nearby for a siesta before dinner. We wanted to go to another of Christian Constant’s restaurants on Rue Saint Dominique, the newest one – Les Cocottes, where Nicolas Sarkozy is rumored to have had lunch recently, but we woke up late from our nap and decided to eat down the road instead.
Main courses came quickly, both served with a paper coneful of hot, crispy thick-cut frites. His tartare looked delectable (although I didn’t get to taste it) while my rump steak was a point just as I asked and crusted with roughly ground black peppercorns. Since I really enjoy spicy food, I asked for some of the nasal-clearing French Dijon mustard that one can only find in France to accompany my steak.
We finished our main courses and skipped the cheese since I couldn’t have any unpasteurized cheese and did dessert instead. At first, we were going to share one dessert but when we saw the choices we couldn’t agree on which one to have – my husband was craving for the profiterole au chocolat Valrhona while I was dead-set on having the ile flottante de la Marlotte so in the end, we had both. I know, I know – too much food, but when in Paris, we throw diet restrictions and caution to the wind and just eat what we love. Good thing we did because the profiterole (one large one instead of the usual three small choux pastry bites) was decadently rich with the bittersweet Valrhona chocolate sauce and the ile flottante was a light fluffy egg white mound floating in a sea of vanilla-flavoured crème anglaise and caramel. Espressos ended our simple but delicious meal and to avoid going straight to bed after all that food, we took the long route around the block and walked slowly back to the hotel.
P.D. May 27, 2011
Since the last time, ownership of La Marlotte has changed but the place is still good with bistro classics and still have bread from Poujaran and a cheese selection from Quatrehomme. Also, their ile-flottante hasnt changed over the years which is good news. Good value for lunch and now being frequented by a younger crowd than before although dinnertime is still for the older residents of the area.