Coq d’Argent is a lovely, classic French restaurant in the heart of the city with an attractive three-course lunch menu that includes a glass of Moet Chandon Brut champagne. This and its close links to city airport made it the restaurant of our choice before our afternoon flight to Palma. Coq d’Argent with its beautiful rooftop garden, designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd, overlooks the famous Square Mile with its iconic landmarks which is also a great rooftop hangout on warm sunny days!
Coq d’Argent oozes a feel of sophistication and elegance with its white tablecloths, dark wooden panels and attentive service from the moment you walk in. The clientele on weekdays consists mainly of business people from the nearby offices which does not diminish the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. We were swiftly served a glass of Chandon Brut each and bread baskets to start with (my husband was given his own gluten-free bread basket, always a nice touch)
Next, we were served an Amouse Bouche – watermelon & ham, decorated with a purple eatable flower on top.
My husband ordered the Saumon fumé – London oak smoked salmon, condiments & Melba toast. The dish came without the Melba toast since he is on a gluten-free diet but he had plenty of gluten-free bread still in his basket.
I opted for the Fromage de chèvre – Poitou goats’ cheese pastry parcel, pepper piperade, honey & basil dressing. A really nice starter with crunchy pasty and I love the combination of honey & goats’ cheese.
For mains, we both chose the Souris d’agneau – lavender & honey slow cooked lamb shank, Pomme Purée, and spring onion. Beautiful comfort food on a grey and drizzly day in London – it was nice and tender, the sauce complimented the dish perfectly and the potato puree had a lovely consistency to it.
We were served another Amouse Bouche before our dessert – a mango sorbet with passion fruit sauce.
My husband went for the lemongrass crème brûlée and lime sable, the consistency and top was perfect but I found the lemongrass & lime ever so slightly overpowering for this classic French dish.
The Fondant au chocolat – warm chocolate fondant served with pistachio ice cream that I had for dessert was delicious with a nice molten chocolate centre.
Right at the end, we were served a couple of small chocolates before we left.
Coq d’Argent is very conveniently located at Bank Station from where we took the DLR to City Airport to escape drizzly London for ‘sunny’ Mallorca. At least that was the plan – more about our time in Mallorca coming up soon!
Lunch at Coq d’Argent was £30 per person which I found was very good value for money, the food was delicious, the service outstanding and I liked the little extras like the amouse bouche which were unexpected but much appreciated. A really nice start to our holiday!
Coq d’Argent – 1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ