Coretta is the cosmopolitan creation of Mexican born chef Beatriz Gomez and her husband Matthieu Marcantin, as well as Jean Francois Pantaléon in the up and coming Batignolles neighborhood of Paris. The contemporary French restaurant brings both simplicity and elegance to the 17th. With a two floor set up that overlooks the Martin Luther King park, this spot is appropriately named after MLK’s wife, Coretta. On the first floor you’ll find the open kitchen and half of the tables, while upstairs you’ll find the rest which sit below twinkly lighting, white marble, and light wood. The décor is glamorous in an understated way, and best of all: everything is eco-friendly. The Sinatra music that drifts in the background and the honeycomb wine racks that line the wall transport you to another era.
The menu is limited to five different entrees, plats, and desserts and is expected to change every month. This month they’re serving up everything from lieu jaune de ligne (pollack), to cabillaud demi-sel (cod) to poitrine de cochon Capelin (pork belly) to foie gras de canard (duck foie gras). I chose the cabillaud demi-sel while my friend picked the ris de veau crousti fondant (crisp veal). Both dishes were colorful and packed with flavor. My cabillaud was lean and sweet with a creamy sauce, while my friend’s cote de veau was tender and covered in a rich sage jus. Both went down nicely with a bottle of Roussanne. For dessert I opted for the fine feuille chocolat Madong, a delectable piece of chocolate cake with spicy pineapple. It was an interesting and surprisingly pleasant fusion of flavors. My friend chose the mille-feuille vanille, which was so good that I nearly reached across the table to lick the caramel au beurre demi-sel sauce off of the plate. Glasses of Calvados made for nice post dinner digestifs, and our sweet waitress brought us Hershey kiss cookies to round out a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
With lunch menus starting at around 24€ (entrée/plat or plat dessert) and dinner menus at about 39€ (entrée/plat or plat/dessert), you’re sure to get tasty and aesthetically divine dishes. The bright airiness and spaciousness of the place makes it perfect for relaxing and catching a sunset from behind sleek glass windows. When the weather warms up this place is sure to have a packed terrace. Definitely a must try!
151 bis rue Cardinet