Cocotte pronounced [koh-kot] is French for a casserole dish, usually of fireproof porcelain, used especially for cooking an individual portion of meat, or game. Kat Liebman and Zoe Hackett are the co-owners & chefs of the NE Portland French Bistro serving small plates and gourmet french food. Cocotte is located on the corner of NE 30th & Killingsworth surrounded by many other popular eateries like BEAST and DOC. The atmosphere inside is dark and quaintly romantic with floor to ceiling glass panoramic glass windows. Charming french music was playing through the speakers as you see tables quietly sip their wine and eat their way through the evening. The dining experience was leisurely long, each dish is made to order so don’t plan on a quick in and out kind of dinner experience, this is a true French eating experience. The service staff was helpful and personable with making suggestions, never rushing us and they were quite attentive to when we needed water and plate clearing. The food was phenomenal. Our meal at Cocotte began with complementary baguette and house made compound butter which flavors switch up daily. We decided to share a few small plates, an entree, and a dessert to taste our way through their menu. See what else we ordered below.
Cocotte is truly a unique Portland experience serving gourmet French food at its best using fresh ingredients found locally. You can tell these are trained chefs in the kitchen from the elite flavor combinations to how gorgeously everything was plated and presented. I cannot think of another place in Portland that gives you this kind of French food exposure in a relaxed cozy atmosphere. Their menu has quite the selection from vegetarian options, seafood and meats such as Whiskey braised Pork and their classic half roasted bird “Poulet En Cocotte”. The dessert is top notch. I would come here just for the dessert hands down. Each bite had its own balance of flavors and textures that did not disappoint. At the end of our meal they sent us home with a little bag of house made madelines. We were so full to eat anything more, but this was a nice gesture to take home. I’m excited to come back to Cocotte; days in Portland where its rainy and windy where you just crave a warm home cooked meal that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy at the end this is the place to go. I highly suggest you make reservations, this place is small with maybe 10 tables total.
What we ordered:
- STARTERS- Cheese Plate which 2 house chosen selected cheese (a cow’s milk roquefort and triple cream brie) with Apple Butter, Coastal Huckleberries and Figs
- MAIN- Whiskey Braised Pork Loin Chop Scotch Poached Bosc Pear, Caramelized Pork Belly, Warm Napa Cabbage Slaw, Pork Jus
- DESSERT- Apple Toffee Cake with Candy Apple served with house-made Creme Sorbet and Walnut Strusel
Make reservations! The space is small so it can fill up quickly
Street Parking ONLY
“Joyeaux” aka Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 pm & 9 pm to close daily.
They offer weekend Brunch