Cocotte Portland Brings French Refinement to the Local Food Scene
Cocotte Portland joins other new local restaurants in welcoming refined French taste and ambiance into the Rose City. Without the stuffy atmosphere of some fine dining restaurants, Cocotte takes the pleasure of French food culture and translates it into an exciting new Portland restaurant.
Located on Killingsworth in the Alberta Arts District, the restaurant is in the former home of the gastro-pub Fats. It joins other nearby restaurants like Beast, DOC and Yakuza in providing some of the best culinary delights in the city, all within a two-block radius. In terms of French cuisine, Cocotte comes alongside newcomer St. Jack as the two most promising French restaurants in town.
As with many new popular restaurants, it can be quite busy. However, one can make reservations, even for parties of two. Many Portland restaurants eschew reservations for smaller parties, instead opting for a first come, first served model. However, Cocotte is able to blend a nice ambiance with an accessibility not found in many of the city’s ‘foodie’ destinations.
The menu reflects a French bistro theme and is split into two sections, small and large plates. A nice addition to their menu is plenty of vegetarian offerings, which is great as French cuisine can sometimes rely heavily on meat or fish. A star appears next to the menu items that are meat-free. The meat dishes offer inventive takes on chicken, lamb and buffalo.
A good idea is to sample their smaller plates, which include salads, cheeses, bread and other dishes. This gives a great selection of their fare. Their larger plates are generally focused on a particular protein or pasta.
For cocktails, their menu is expansive and offers both before and after dinner drinks. Dessert is another highlight of the restaurant, with their Cocotte Sundae standing out as a perfect after dinner treats.
As one of the city’s newest restaurants, Cocotte has a promising future by bringing a French refinement to the Portland restaurant scene.
HelloPortland Tip: Looking for more Francopile cuisine? Try Pix Patisserie for a taste of French sweets, including their popular macaroons.
Posted on February 15, 2012 by William Crane