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French cuisine with historical significance
A fine dining tradition since the 1970s, Cocteau is an award winning establishment and an architectural marvel. The upscale French bistro is renowned for its steak tartar and bouillabaisse, a wintertime sea food dish native to southern France. Friday’s are bouillabaisse nights and the eatery is often full of French food aficionados. Originally located in Sodeco, the latest rendition of Cocteau is in Downtown Beirut, it’s menu however has remained largely unchanged.
Patrons are often taken aback at the striking interiors of the place – with high ceilings and long chandeliers, a long glass bar and a huge wine cellar, the place is complete with the frills and fancies of a classic French brasserie. Popular dishes include the Cigalle de Mer, a cooked lobster dish, the beef stroganoff, steak filet, tagliolini with Iberian ham, and clams St. Jacques bathed in a creamy mushroom sauce. The restaurant also includes an impressive array of seafood dishes, including a variety featuring prawns. For dessert Cocteau has a devilishly rich chocolate tarte, and for those fond of lighter varieties, a selection of sorbets. Inquire with the waiter about daily specials.
The menu also has a variety of delectable gourmet salads to start including one made with fois gras and another with goat’s cheese. There’s also a pasta selection, the Napolitana comes highly recommended. The restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two, a celebration dinner, or a business meal with clients, or to simply treat oneself once in a while when the mood for French food strikes.