Coq d’Argent’s Bar & Grill has been given a slightly more formal look of late, with revamped seating mimicking the restaurant’s urbane style and smart new furniture on the outdoor terrace. The roof gardens are lusher than ever, with aromatic climbing plants entwined around the trellises adding to the escapist charm of it all. In fine weather, this is still a top spot for sipping a glass or Nyetimber classic cuvée or a Coq d’Argent rum punch made with gold, white and overproof rum, three fruit juices and grenadine. At lunchtime, the full Grill menu offers upmarket sandwiches (confit tuna Niçoise, say) alongside spatchcock chicken with tarragon, herb-crusted cod and grilled rib-eye steaks with béarnaise sauce. There are snacks, tapas and mezze for evening grazing, plus an outdoor kitchen adding to the fun in summer.
A traditional list, but what sets it apart is the even-handed way in which it treats every country equally. It’s not just the A-list appellations of France that are clearly subdivided, but those of the New World, too. There’s a large, fairly priced by-the-glass selection, and also six wine flights. And this being the City, there’s no shortage of expense-account busting bottles, and diners looking for £1,000+ bottles won’t be disappointed.
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From a set menu, or 3 courses for £29.
Max: 10 people
Starts: 01 Apr 2014
Expires: 30 Apr 2014£26