We had a terrific dinner on a rainy night. Food was good, nice people, service was very friendly and knowledgable, great atmosphere, good value. All-in-all a great choice.
We were staying in Mitte, so La Cocotte was a bit out of the way and on a street we wouldn't have found without a taxi. Still, it was worth the effort.
It is a small, rustic room. Think cozy bistro crossed with 30s Berlin decadence. The restaurant is gay-friendly. Photos could be considered risque. If gay culture makes you uncomfortable, this is not the place for you (come to think of it, maybe you should stay at home in your cave. I digress.)
Food is very much Paris bistro oriented. The house specialty is mussels, available with several choices of broths. They do not serve them with frites, which is a shame. We didn't try them, but did try another house specialty -- Oeufs Crocette. They serve several choices of poached eggs as starters. It is something we had never had before so gave it a try. Delicious - and not pricey.
The assiette campagnarde was a very filling plate of samples of several terrines. Reasonably priced, and a very traditional starter.
Service was exceptional. Most of the staff are French and were very familiar with the menu. One of the owners is French. He takes most orders so can give good advice on choices. Everyone was friendly and relaxed.
The potato gratinee were worth going for just themselves. A delectable menage of potatoes, cream and cheese -- delicious! Definitely order them as a side.
Make a reservation. It was full the night we went.
Staff all spoke good English and French and, I assume, German.
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