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Billed as a simple neighbourhood rotisserie, Le Coq is the brainchild of the two Morris sisters: Ana is a Leith’s-trained chef who has cooked at Rochelle Canteen, La Trompette etc, while Sanja helped to found the Salt Yard group. Their new venue offers a weekly changing menu of two or three courses built around free-range Suffolk chickens served with
triple-cooked chips and sides such as rainbow chard with pancetta. Starters include charred broad bean pods with dill crème fraîche, while desserts feature seasonal ideas such as gooseberry and
elderflower custard tart alongside artisan ice creams from Sorbitum. On Sundays, punters can look forward to communal treats in the shape of suckling pig, beef shank or sea bass. Prosecco on tap,
off-piste wines and takeaways complete the offer.
Le Coq is a restaurant that specialises in spit roast chicken and is based in Islington – the Highbury and Islington end that is, it’s quite a walk from Angel tube station! Seeing as we don’t venture out of Soho or London Bridge that often plus the fact that I love a bit of chicken, we thought we’d give it a go.It’s based in a former Chinese restaurant, not that you’d know it as it now has a pub vibe going on...
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According to the women next to us, I must have either been mad or a blogger. Why would I have been mad? Because no one in their right mind would have bothered taking pictures of the food at Le Coq. Oh no no no, one might take a picture of every dish at The Fat Duck, but the stuff they were serving at Le Coq? Well, one could have similar fare in the countryside of France or Italy that would take your breath away didn't you know?I'm happy to say that, image quality aside, even if I hadn't been a blogger, I don't think I would have been mad to take pictures of my meal at Le Coq because I thought it was brilliant. Apart from maybe the tables being too close together, forcing us to listen to the two posh knobs next to us.Despite the French-sounding name, this actually has very obviously Italian influences (kind of like Oui Madame) with Italian ingredients and sauces coming to the fore. Ever heard of agretti? Or cedro? What is agrodolce? I'd never heard of any of these despite my mild foodie status.Le Coq is mainly about chicken and in that there is no choice - you get two pieces for your main - one dark meat, one white, and you get the side of the week. The week we went it was swiss chard with that agrodolce sauce (a sweet and sour sauce). But you do get to choose how many courses you want (2 or 3) and to choose between two options for your starter and/or dessert. There were a couple of specials too, but we didn't pay them any attention - it was hard enough deciding between just two things. We were smart and decided to both only have two courses - but one of us had the starter, one had the dessert and we shared them. We went for the bruschetta with cedro, wood sorrel and mozzarella to start. I'm sure the agretti and shrimp fritt would have been lovely but I refuse to believe it was as lovely as our bruschetta. For that price range I do not think I've had a lovelier appetiser. Cedro, as our Italian waitress explained, is like a big lemon, thin slices of which were all over the bruschetta. It was very, very lemony but without that bitterness, meaning you could eat such slices of it on its own. I don't think I can convey how tasty I found this starter. I would say, just go and try it, but they'll have changed it for something else next week!We ordered some rotisserie potatoes with our chicken. They were perfectly cooked, both crunchy and fluffy. The chicken was juicy and came with extra chicken jus and a pot of tarragon (I believe) dressing that was light as a feather.The swiss chard was delicious, the sweet juices mixing pleasingly with the chicken gravy. Pine nuts were a welcome additon, as always. I actually wish there'd been a little more of the chard so that I could have some with every bite of my fabulous chicken. Finally, we shared the pistachio and grapefruit tart which came with a whipped soured cream. I wasn't keen on the cream, not being a fan of the soured variety, but the tart was fab, even though it was impossible to photograph well. The pistachio was found in the bulk of the tart, which was a bit cakelike and then it was studded throughout with the tart grapefruit.We had ordered a litre - yes a litre - of the house wine, which wasn't much on its own but paired with the chicken really well. I was really impressed with Le Coq - interesting food cooked well and excellent value for money. It's another one of those 'neighbourhood' restaurants - the kind of place to go when you could do with treating yourself to a night off cooking, but don't want to dress all fancy and spend loads of money. And with its weekly changing menu, there will always be something new to discover. Not photogenic
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HomeLe Coq’s food is simple. They do one of the best rotisserie chicken you can get in London town.As you enter you see straight away the spinning Sutton Hoo chicken cooking away in the rotisserie. It looks golden and moist. The place only offers that with optional 2 or 3 course meal with sides and snacks that you can order...
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It isn’t often I have a roast for my dinner, and on those rare occasions when I do, chicken certainly isn’t my preferred meat. However, Le Coq serves up such a fabulous feast of rotisserie chicken that I couldn’t help but be charmed. This is roast dinner with a difference. And I liked it...
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