LONDON | Sumptuous, Quality and Fine. Three words that come to mind when looking back on my dining experience at Coq D’Argent in Bank. The restaurant is accessible through a private glass lift that swiftly delivers guests into the rooftop entrance and one of London’s most picturesque terrace gardens overlooking the City’s skyline. We headed over for the launch of Coq D’Argent’s new brunch service, aptly titled Le Brunch.
It was a chilly November Saturday afternoon so rooftop dining was off limits but the views from the indoor restaurant were equally as elegant and relaxing as diners were seduced by a trombone player. The clientele is mature with a décor and ambience that’s verging on a drab corporate-style hotel but with just enough “cool” factor to differentiate the two.
Myself and my guest skimmed over our French inspired menu which included free flowing champagne, at an additional price, a three course brunch meal and a ‘Build your own Benedict’ section.
The Saumon Fume – smoked salmon on a soft sourdough bread with poached egg and fresh cream cheese was a winning hors d’oeuvre. Quaint in size, but surprisingly filling and seriously flavoursome. For the entrée, I opted for the Cabillod – crispy cod and fries, while my guest chose the Oeuf de Cane – a pan fried duck egg dish. Both were pleasing on the eye and even more palatable.
The duck egg was perched on a crunchy potato rosti base, layered with wilted spinach, salsify, salsa verde and smashed avocado and though the textures blended beautifully together, the flavour didn’t quite pack much of a punch. Coq D’Argent’s twist on the hackneyed “fish and chips” on the other hand was was exceptional. A golden fried batter coating covering a moist cod fish and lightly seasoned crisp-skinned fries were perfectly complemented with a zingy curry tartar sauce and citrusy pea puree.
Dessert was Gauffre Chantilly Chocolat – soft waffles, vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge sauce carefully drizzled upon by our lovely waiter upon our devouring. Warm and bouncy, though slightly chewy but made for a finger-licking dessert nonetheless.
After our final glass of champagne, we were given a grand tour around the restaurant site, by the senior marketing manager, through the rooftop, the brasserie and circular bar. With outstanding dishes, all showcasing the chefs’ attention to detail and flawless service, Coq D’Argent is one of London’s gems and a must visit for well-done alfresco dining.
The terrace rooftop has also recently been transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the launch of L’odge D’Argent. The igloos have turned into cosy tents, fur blankets and snowy décor drench the chairs and table, plus a newly introduced feature of ‘Aurora Borealis Cube’, a stimulated visual experience of The Northern Lights with cocktail drink colours to match! For the launch, guests were spoilt with samples of the new seasonal menu including cheeses from the French mountains, French and Classic cocktails, assorted desserts and canapés aplenty!
Be sure to stop by for Le Brunch, which takes place every Saturday, or set a date for a pre-Christmas or New Year treat at L’odge D’Argent which runs until 28th of February 2018.
London EC2R 8EJ
Telephone: 020 7395 5000
Mon – Thu: 7:30am to 10:00am; 11:00am to 12:00am
Fri: 7:30am to 10:00am; 11:00am to 1:00am
Sat: 12:00apm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 4:00pm