23 August 2014

Le Secret des Rôtisseurs

020 3544 0685

37 Westferry Circus, Canary Riverside, London E14 8RR

£46.00 French East India Dock, Millwall
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  • Wine: £21.90
  • Opening Hours: Wed-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Thurs 6-11.30pm Sat-Sun 12.30-3.30pm Fri-Sun 5.30-11pm

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The secret is out: this French restaurant deals in English free-range chickens cooked on old-fashioned hinge-and-chain rotisseries – in full view of the customers. It’s a tradition apparently dating back to 1248, but it’s new to E14 and punters can enjoy the spoils as part of a ‘menu rapide’ or a leisurely repast accompanied by Secret sauce and sides of pommes frites, steamed rice or potatoes roasted under the turning spits. Kick off with a salad or a serving of chicken liver terrine, then hum La Marseillaise while you nibble financiers, profiteroles or cellar-matured cheeses from La Fromagerie. But it’s not all about the chicks: on Sundays, the main event could be a whole rib of aged Longhorn beef. Wine buffs should also take a tour of Le Cave, a repository of specially chosen Bordeaux from vineyards great and small.

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  1. Growing up, every Monday on my way home from netball practice I’d stop off at the local Morrison’s at around 8pm. 8pm was a special time in the Wetherby branch. At 8pm they’d take all the hot plate food out, bag it and slash the prices by about 90%. Greed was probably my predominant adolescent quality and so I’m sure you can appreciate what an exciting time this was for me. I’d grab all sorts to scoff, but my very favourite was always the whole rotisserie chickens. Browned and dripping, sweet and succulent, I’d inhale one whole before my bus had even arrived. I never really thought more about the rotisserie chicken. That was it; part of my weekly tapestry, peculiar to the Wetherby Morrisons and nothing more. I certainly never, when slurping these slippery morsels, appreciated the rich heritage dish of the rotisserie chicken nor knew it was a French one that dated as far back as 1248 and the court of King Louis IX. In fact, this only came to me recently, when invited to try out a riverside restaurant in Canary Wharf, Le Secret des Rotisseurs. Le Secret is a family run, achingly French establishment. When told this, I’d expected a poky, quaint venue and was surprised to find a huge, ultra-modern space, glass fronted onto the Thames. The dining room is staged by the hugest, most beautifully engineered custom rotisseries, upper balconies hosting chairs taken from the Eifel Tower and an open fronted wine cellar. Filled totally with Bordeaux, of course. The family are from that region and source all the wines themselves from some smaller, lesser known vineyards...
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Mezzanine 60
Eiffel Tower Dining Room12
Eiffel Tower Mezzanine30

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