Coquette: Joie de Vivre

Where: Coquette Brasserie, 4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Moules Frites + Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

How to order it: Coquette’s menu features a good deal of French culinary terminology, so don’t feel guilty about asking your server to elaborate upon the ingredients. Even if you are one of the 136 million speakers of French as a first language worldwide, you still want to make sure there will be no gluten in your dish. Ask your server what s/he can recommend that will serve your GF dietary needs.

What it looks like:

Moules Frites (Mussels & Fries) is a culinary classic in northern France and Belgium. At Coquette, mussels can be served à la marinière (“mariner’s style” – with dry white wine), with roasted red pepper and chorizo, or with dijon and onions. I ordered the default version (à la marinière). These mussels were hot and buttery, with a hint of garlic and scallions. The fresh-out-of-the-fryer potatoes were lightly salted and served with the requisite homemade mayonnaise. Délicieux!

For dessert, I couldn’t resist this flourless chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce and creme chantilly. It was as flavorful as it was gorgeous. I had to remind myself with each melt-in-your-mouth bite that this cake was still Gluten-Free.

Green Note: Are you pining for a trip to Paris, but don’t have the vacation time or plane fare to get away? With Coquette, the Urban Food Group (also known for Frazier’s Wine Bar/Lounge, Porter’s City Tavern, and Vivace, among others), has brought France to you! The following notes are from Coquette’s website:

Committed to recreating an authentic French brasserie experience, the Jennings tapped Rob Bland as Chef de Cuisine and The Johnson Studio for interior design. “In Bland we found someone whose entire career has been devoted to classic French cooking, with most of his training taking place at brasseries and bistros throughout France and the United States; his knowledge, execution and passion for the traditional dishes of France, and their place in history, is remarkable.” Key style elements contribute to the quintessential brasserie setting – a black and white tiled floor, Parisian street lamp style chandeliers, butcher block and Carrera marble tables, large scale bistro mirrors and accordion style folding doors which open each side of the restaurant to outdoor seating – evoking glamorous European brasseries.

A round-trip flight from Raleigh-Durham to Paris (a distance of over 8,000 miles) consumes 3.23 tons of CO2, according to Native Energy’s travel calculator, so while you are sampling a selection from Coquette’s “100-bottle all-French wine list”, raise a glass in a toast to your considerably smaller carbon footprint.

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