Cocotte @ Wanderlust Hotel has been the place to go for a laid-back meal, many foodies would and have agreed. I was late, but better late than never. The restaurant prides themselves as a French Restaurant inspired from the rustic and hearty meals people take in the French Countryside. It’s special – I like the ambience of the eatery, not so much that it’s all atas and dimly-lit, but that it’s spacious, quiet and away from the crowded Bugis precinct.
The restaurants serves daily Brunch and ala-carte Dinner Menu as well. Brunch menu ranges around $15 – $35 while dinner is priced at around $25 – $45 and is focused more at grilled items and meat; my soft spots. But this time round, I was there for Brunch, and it was special because it was on my birthday, yay.
Latte ($6++) :: The latte wasn’t remarkable, but drinkable. The only thing fancy about the hot beverage is its mounted spoon. Just sayin’.
Pan-fried Seabass ($14++) :: If you are wondering why it costs $10 more in the night time, it is because in the evening, they have the Seabass drizzled with Saffron Aioli instead of Basil Aioli. Yes, Saffron. Regardless, I thought $14 for a course of fish is very reasonable. Moreover, the seafood was pan-fried to softness, yet with chunks of meat that are very much quantifiable. It is not overly bland when tasted alone. It’s value for money, though not a WOW
Steak Frites ($28++) :: It was like striking TOTO / 4D, I was pleased to have ordered the correct course. The steak topped with smoky paprika butter was done to my liking. Medium-rare. Tough enough for a good chew before swallow. It was well-marinated and very flavorful. In case you are wondering, it’s a West Australian Cape Naturaliste Grass-fed Flank. Further, the sides, the fries and the greens were adequately yet moderately salted. I thought I’d be leaving the greens alone, but I finished it. If you’re torn which to order, this is it.
Valrhona Chocolate Tart ($5++) :: It’s packed full of chocolate. If you are looking for something very heavily and thickly chocolatey, this would be apt. How do I put it; it’s a very plain and straightforward of chocolate indulgence. There is nothing additional / interesting to spice the dessert up, but good enough the way it is.
Chocolate Brownie ($5++) :: It was unanimous, the entire table agreed that this, most unassuming piece of brown block is the best of the day. I pity that less adventurous diners would skip ordering this due to its lack of visual appeal, because well, first impression matters right. But so many people are missing out on this. When forked open and looked into the ‘character’ of it, it actually has the prettiest inside. Warm, with liquid chocolate oozing out. It’s a to die for. Truth be told, I’ve never tasted better Brownies.
Some hits, some misses. Fortunately, because the hits are the bigger items, I’d definitely be returning for more. Next time, plausibly the main courses. I note that they serve up mussels in the evening on specific nights. I’m eyeing them.
Service was boring initially, but picked up as time went by while we were there, for whatever reasons.
–> Note #1: For the whole of this year, you’ll get a 10% off when paid with a POSB / DBS Card.
Address: 2 Dickson Road, Ground Level, Wanderlust Hotel
Telephone: 6298 1188
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Wed – Mon); Closed on Tuesdays