Le Cosi isn’t just a restaurant, it’s practically an institution in the area around our hotels, something a little out-of-the-ordinary where regulars are greeted with a bise (kiss), and new faces get a big smile.
But what about the food? Let’s see…
Perfect for a cold winter’s day, the food at Le Cosi is warming and filling, with prices that are pretty reasonable for the area. However, when you first enter, what strikes you is the space itself.
The ceilings are twice as high as most Parisian venues, and the bright red walls are as warm as the summer sun on your back.
It’s super cosy, bursting with colour and light, making you feel at ease immediately.
The fixed price lunch menu is a particularly good deal at Le Cosi, which probably explains why the place is full on the day of our visit – you can have either a starter and main, or a main and dessert for 18€. If you want three courses, it’s just 22.50€.
We decide to start with courgette fritters, a house speciality which lacks a little salt perhaps, but isn’t overly greasy and turns out to be very (too?) filling!
Our second starter is butternut soup. Once again, the great taste is revealed once a little extra salt is added.
For the main dish, we choose the fish of the day, cod with mashed sweet potatoes and an olive oil sauce. The fish melts nicely in the mouth (despite being served only warmish) and the vegetables are lovely!
The other main dish is a Corsican classic – a veal stufatu (a sort of stew) with olives “like at Léon’s place” (not sure what they mean by that) and oven-roasted new potatoes. The meat is excellent (again, with a little added salt for our taste) and the sauce coating the potatoes is heavenly.
The servings are pretty generous. This is how you stay warm in winter!
After having downed a starter and main course, eating a dessert was going to be a challenge. If it hadn’t been for the blog, we would probably have stopped there, but duty calls… 😛
The Corsican cheese dish would have been tempting under other circumstances, but there was just no way we could eat anything else savoury, so we chose a tiramisu with canistrelli (a Corsican biscuit that replaces the usual Spéculoos). It was very light, and exactly what we needed after the mammoth portions that came before.
Our second dessert was the café gourmand, an expresso coffee with a selection of mini-desserts, in this case a dense madeleine, a small serving of tiramisu and the star of the show, a chestnut dessert that was savoured at every bite.
Le Cosi doesn’t need our review to attract diners – they’re a mainstay of the neighbourhood, offer good Corsican and Provencale food at reasonable prices and are often full (don’t forget to book online).
Stick to the fixed price menu if you want to eat on a budget, but for a few euros extra there’s much to explore and little that will disappoint.
Our advice would be to stick to just two courses unless you are really, really hungry!
Le Cosi (here) is open every day except Sundays for lunch and dinner
Online booking here
To check out all our photos of Le Cosi, simply click here.