This French style bistro with an intriguing name offers you a seasonally changing menu, a quiet atmosphere with a cosy nook to enjoy a cup of coffee and original designer surroundings that boost your creativity and artistic soul.
Bistro La Cocotte is situated in the Old Town, on Grosslingova Street, just a couple of steps from the Blue Church. Grosslingova has lately become home to many promising culinary places that we adore and recommend, like U Kubistu, Literarna Cajovna or W Cafe.
The concept of this place is wonderful and the chic interior matches the extraordinary combination of ingredients in the meals. It looks like the centre of design, with its golden lamps, blue shelves, tables imitating playing cards or a wooden cow statue. Pictures on the wall change regularly and can be purchased as your home décor.
Out tip: do not miss the golden banana peels framed in the bathrooms:)
WHY IS LA COCOTTE SPECIAL?
First of all, its name is quite something for Slovaks and has sparked many debates already. While its meaning of a “pot” or also a “chicken” is innocent in French, its pronunciation has its own meaning in Slovak and means a word which no lady or gentleman shall use. Therefore it is quite peculiar to set your meeting point in La Cocotte with a Slovak person without being vulgar :D
This shall, however, not stop us from enjoying its artistic atmosphere with excellent food :)
The service is nice and quick, sometimes maybe too attentive, eager to take your order before you even have time to take your seat and go through the menu.
WHAT TO TRY?
The menu changes regularly according to the season and was mostly French inspired at first. Nowadays, we can also feel the Asian influence and world cuisine within the menu. While the offer is not too wide, we consider it quite diverse – everyone can find something there, be it a vegetarian or a meat lover.
From the winter menu, we enjoyed Beef Osso Bucco with glasswort and elderflower served with dried tomatoes, olives, capari and white beans. Glasswort is a plant growing near salty waters with rich tradition in Great Britain and was an interesting change on the plate. We also liked the Tom Kha Gai with chicken. This Thai soup with coconut milk, rice noodles, maitake mushrooms, green beans and baby corn is seasoned with galangal root, the spicier version of ginger and known for its healing attributes as it supports digestion and has antibacterial properties.
From their menu, we tried Saffron Risotto with zucchini flower and mushroom risotto which tasted splendid. We also liked Bulgur Salad with grilled zucchini, eggplant, feta cheese and tahini dressing.
For dessert, we would definitely recommend the home-made ice bonbons made out of white and dark chocolate and filled with caramel-nut-liqueur filling or strawberry-liqueur filling. A perfect finish to your main dish!
We would also recommend lemonades, especially the raspberry one with pineapple and blueberry one with lavender. Customers come here because of tasty coffee, too.
Apart from the specialties on the menu, La Cocotte also has a daily lunch menu consisting of soup and one main dish. It organizes different events like Taste of Sri Lanka, Lobster & Sea Food, Slovak Wine Degustation or Oysters & Bubbles.