Weekend Brunch @ Cocotte, Wanderlust Hotel
By definition, Cocotte refers to ‘a small fireproof dish in which individual portions of food are cooked and served‘. It is in Singapore however, a quaint little French restaurant situated at the lobby of Wanderlust Hotel along Dickson Road. While it is certainly not one of the easiest locations to reach by public transport and even by foot, I can assure you that the trip is definitely worth every step.
No stranger to the French cuisine scene in Singapore and known for serving up authentic, unfussy and traditional French food, Cocotte- Communal | Restaurant | Bar is committed to quality and taste. With Head Chef Anthony Yeoh at the helm, you know you are in for a gastronomical French treat when you dine here.
We came here on a Saturday afternoon to try out their relatively new weekend brunch menu and were pleasantly surprised that only a few tables were occupied. I loved the layout of the place, which was rustic and charming with little touches of purple coloured Baby’s Breath in our cutlery containers and vases at the window panes. Checkered or striped napkins dressed the plates with a minimal touch and colourful stainless steel chairs gave a burst of sunshine to the overall scheme. It was certainly a delight just being here and sitting by the windows with the morning rays shining through. The people here at Cocotte definitely got the brunch mood set right even before the food is served.
A quintessential item to the French in the mornings is their bread. And so we paid tribute to their tradition by starting with a Mixed Basket $12 that came with a choice of one artisanal jam (request for any extra and it is $3 each). The brown woven serving basket had three miniature Pain Au Chocolat and Croissants. After taking a bite of these fluffy viennoiseries, I have to say that they were by far one of the best I have had and commensurable with the much applauded croissants at Tiong Bahru Bakery. This is a must order here at Cocotte if you love French bread and even if you dont.
The Croque Madame $18 was simply scrumptious with that half cooked yolk of the sunny-side egg sitting atop the two layers of brioche served on a wooden board.
Cut through the layers and it’s certainly a sight. Oozing egg yolk spilling into the insides of the brioche with its alternating layers of ham and gruyère, the richness of the béchamel sauce blending so beautifully with the tangyness of the djion mustard. The taste? Pretty darn awesome. But go easy with it, it’s no health food.
We also tried the Omelette with Sauteed Mushrooms and Truffle Oil $18, which was an excellent choice. This French omelette was not like the usual dark yellow colour that we are so used to. Instead, it was pale in colour, light and fluffy. Normal omelettes do not taste this good! The sauteed mushrooms too cooked in butter and truffle oil was flawless and simply delicious. An modest looking dish but extraordinary in taste!
And I simply could not resist ordering the Pain Perdu $16 after reading its description on the menu. And when it arrived, I was certainly not disappointed at all.
The two thick fluffy brioche slices were cooked in a lovely batter which gave it a crisp and almost custard like coating that kept it from turning soggy even though it was dressed with an overflowing homemade cherry glaze and freshly whipped chantilly cream. This last dish definitely filled up every last space we had left in our tummies.
Cocotte is indeed a lovely place to enjoy some good French cuisine. While prices are not exactly cheap, the food is not overrated at all and makes it worth a visit. I might actually return for their set lunches in time to come. I hear they make a pretty mean Duck Confit and I am a huge fan.
2 Dickson Road
Ground Level Wanderlust Hotel
Tel: +65 6298 1188
Mon–Sat: 12pm –2.30pm
Mon–Thu: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Fri–Sat: 6.30pm – 11pm
(Closed on Sun)