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|Address:||1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ|
|Tel:||020 3589 2081|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £21.50||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30-10am 11.30am-3pm 5.30-10pm Sat-Sun 12N-10pm (Sun -3pm)|
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The Coq d'Argent is famous for its rooftop garden, the michelin star and for being right in the heart of the City, however, like many places (dare I say Institutions ?) in the City, it relies a lot on its reputation rather than focusing on food and service. It's still more than adequate, for a business lunch.
The sun was out and we were looking for a nice place where to have lunch whilst continuing work conversation, somebody mentioned the Coq d'Argent and we decided to call them to check on availability. We were put on hold for a while before being told they had table in the Grill.
Upon arrival we were quickly seated. The restaurant wasn't full and there still were a few empty tables on the terrace. The clientele is mainly male and suited, very business like despite the bottles of wine.
Now about the food. The menu is simple and as expected the pricing is a little above average. The bread and olive oil were delicious, my steak tartare was extremely average if not a little dry (surprising for raw meat topped by a yolk) I would even say that I wasn't impressed. The spatchcocked chicken didn't arrive spatckcocked as advertised, it was neatly carved.
The desserts were lovely, the presentation was great but again, nothing to rave about.
The service seemed attentive, as in we were often asked if everything was alright, our glasses remained filled, the table was dusted of crumbs, but at the same time, I found a little something lacking. The jacket of one of the patrons slipped from the back of his chair and laid on the floor for most of our lunch until someone mentioned it to him (another patron, not a waiter), the chocolate truffles accompanying the coffees were left on our table in the direct sun. They melted within 4 minutes and even when it was clear no one would touch the slightly separated chocolate sauce, it wasn't cleared from our table.
I still think that the Coq d'Argent is a good solid place for a business lunch. The food is usually ok, the decor is smart, the service is deferential. It's perfect to focus on problems at hand rather than focusing on the potentially great food as great, it wasn't.