Fifty percent misnomer, LeCoq’s name tells you a half-truth about this restaurant: chicken yes, French no. There is no choice of main course – it’s rotisserie chicken, free-range and organic birds from Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. These roasts are served with a seasonal vegetable accompaniment – on our visit, a ratatouille-like caponata. The quality of the meat is apparent: this is poultry that needs no peri-peri marinades to imbue it with flavour.
As part of the set meal deals – £16 for two courses, £20 for three – diners do however have a choice of two starters and two desserts. A platter of Italian-style charcuterie included coppa (dry-cured pork) and finocchiona (fennel) salami, made by Picco, just around the corner in Highbury.
Desserts were a highlight. The ice cream flavours might include ricotta and candied peel, unusually flavoured with fig leaves and saffron-infused Strega liqueur. This had an appealing and dense clotted-cream texture, with orange and herbal notes. Chocolate tart garnished with crème fraîche and fragments of crushed honeycomb had crisp pastry and the perfect balance of bitter-sweetness.
To prevent diners and chefs alike becoming bored of the very limited selection, the menu changes each week, and Sundays will see some other beasts twirling on the spit (pork belly and octopus, perhaps).
LeCoq is the brainchild of sisters Ana and Sanja Morris. Their formula is a simple, ever-revolving seasonal menu, at a fair price, with roast chicken at its heart. If you’re fond of fowl, it’s clucking great.
292-294 St Paul's Road
|Opening hours:||5-10.30pm Mon-Wed; noon-3pm, 5-10.30pm Thu-Sat; noon-9pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Highbury & Islington|
|Price:||Set meal (Mon-Sun) £17 2 courses, £22 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
- 5 star:12
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:1
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- 1 star:1
Simply, unpretentious and honest - that's all you need to know when you feast at LeCoq; even if you don't like chicken this place will lull your taste buds for a second visit... and third.
Incredible food every time. A proper neighbourhood restaurant. Love the fact they have made their menu bigger to make it a rotisserie all out. Will always go here if I'm in the area.
Absolutely delicious every single time - the best roast in London and the wine is wonderful and great value.
Succulent chicken consistently satisfying and full of delightful chicken-y flavour. The changing starters always show off the seasonal best. The service are super friendly. Always a joyful, relaxed evening eating at LeCoq.
We went to Le Coq with my boyfriend. Food is average but really good price. Staff is really friendly!
Who needs a choice when this is the best chicken ever? It's absolutely delicious, the potatoes are to die for, and the desserts are marvelous. If I lived in the neighbourhood it would be my regular haunt. Service, atmosphere, ambience all praiseworthy.
food was average, service was bad and the guy with the glasses i think max was rude. i would not recomend as the restaurant was small and not enough room/ Table space! annoying!!!! waiters could do with a hell of alot more training management needs brushing up!
This place is great. Food, atmosphere, service and price are all absolutely spot on! Would highly recommend.