Found on a street called Poultry, and a long-time favourite in business diaries across the capital, Coq d’Argent is still near the top of the City’s pecking order – “a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds” just a few minutes’ walk from Bank station.
The venue’s considerable clutch of attractions includes gorgeous roof gardens (with fabulous views of the Gherkin and the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building), a charming wraparound terrace, a diverting wine list and a restaurant whose gleaming surfaces resemble a cruise liner in its pomp – although we think the interiors could perhaps benefit from a refresh.
Open from breakfast onwards, The Coq is a mainstay for business meets, although it accommodates all palates and preferences (note the gluten-free and vegan menus as well as an impressively mature children’s offering) – all overseen by a brigade of “impeccable” staff.
However, the main emphasis is on luxurious French-accented dishes ranging from a zesty crab salad served with crunchy melba toast to dry-aged USDA Black Angus sirloin steak with béarnaise and frites or indulgent, creamy wild mushroom risotto, topped with black truffle, chervil, smoked celeriac and Parmesan crisps. Meanwhile, those wanting to share can feast on chateaubriand, fruits de mer and gigot of milk-fed lamb with suitable accoutrements.
Desserts are equally tempting, with options ranging from warm chocolate fondant paired with a scoop of pistachio ice cream to fruity raspberry tart topped with white-chocolate ice cream. Plenty of readers describe Coq d’Argent as an “old favourite”, and eating here certainly feels like stopping by to visit an ever-reliable, life-long friend.