Christian Constant has a mini empire of restaurants down in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. 3, to be exact. There’s traditional bistro-style Café Constant, classy Le Violon d’Ingres and last but not least, chic yet casual Les Cocottes de Christian Constant with a fun concept: all the food, from starters to mains to desserts, is served in different shapes and sizes of Staub, the beautifully versatile cast iron casseroles famous for retaining heat and flavour!
I showed up 5 minutes before opening time and boy, there’s already a queue outside the door! Not a long one, but still, I was 4th in line.
135 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris
The door opened promptly at 7pm and I was ushered to the counter seat by the smiling waitresses. Service here was very good and attentive. They know the menu well, speak English (always a plus point in Paris) and there’s no hard selling, which I appreciated.
Dinner that night was satisfying! I went for the starter of the day: a combination of mackerel and scallop in a tangy tomato sauce. Fresh seafood cooked competently, and the horseshoe-shaped puff pastry on the side was a nice surprise. It’s so light and the whole thing just crumbled in the mouth! For main, an amazingly flavourful langoustine ravioli in a foamy artichoke mousseline. It’s super rich and creamy, so a little goes a long way!