You would be forgiven for thinking that this has turned into a chicken blog, so for the vegetarians among you I’M REALLY SORRY. I promise I’ll have something for you soon, but for now you’re going to have to bear with me while I fangirl ANOTHER chicken restaurant…
Le Coq is a little restaurant on Highbury Corner, owned by one of the people behind the Salt Yard group (of Ember Yard fame, so you know it’s going to be good!) and her sister. They say (I’m not sure who ‘they’ are in this instance, probably some prick off The Apprentice, but nevermind) that you ‘sell the sizzle, not the sausage’ and Le Coq must have taken this to heart because as soon as you enter the restaurant the AMAZING smell smacks you straight round the chops and sets you salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs.
To nibble (while we dribbled #sosexy) we had smoked mackerel with pickles which was delicious; the pickles cutting through the oily fish perfectly. This dish inspired me to make my own pickles which is apparently easier than you think (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA famouslastwords) as I love smoked mackerel and I’ve never thought of this combination before and I hearted it lots.
^ So delicious!
For starter we shared the lamb flatbread and the chicken liver pate which was on the specials menu. The pate came with (more) pickles and OH WOW it was the creamiest, smoothest, most delicious pate I’ve ever eaten. Serious phwoar. It could probably only be surpassed by the flatbread which was just divine; the bread was slightly sweet, the lamb was moist and perfectly spiced and complimented by the pickled cabbage.
For main course there’s only one choice; the Sutton Hoo rotisserie chicken with veggies. At this point you might start comparing Le Coq with Chicken Shop (which is what I did) but STOP, READERS, STOP NOW! The chicken is actually totally different. A much more subtle flavour than chicken shop and it felt genuinely quite healthy which I have mixed feelings about tbh. Luckily we were able to offset this health nonsense with a portion of the rotisserie potatoes which were so garlicky and crispy and delicious they made my tummy super happy (just don’t eat the whole cloves of garlic nestling in amongst the spuds…). We also had the harrissa yoghurt which was nice but didn’t go particularly well with the chicken in my opinion. Next time I’ll probably just stick with the gravy and bearnaise-type sauce which was lush.
^ LOOK at the crisp on those roasties!! Just LOOK at it!
I had room for pudding (healthy, see? Weird!) and would have taken down the chocolate & cherry tart like a boss given half the chance, but in the end we decided to go down the road to Ziloufs on Upper St for some cocktails instead.
*self control high five*
OK, can I just ask ARE WE ALL IMPRESSED that I reached the very end of this blog post without pointing out the main attraction of this restaurant which is OF COURSE the hilarious name?? They’ve decorated the toilets with pictures of chickens (with a few rudies thrown in for LOLs) which I enjoyed so much I took photos for you.
Website here and you can also follow them on instagram for some SERIOUS #foodporn.