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Coq d'Argent

Restaurants, French Bank
4 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
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Time Out says

Coq d’Argent is accessed via a private lift, which speedily delivers City suits to a verdant rooftop garden, complete with its own lawn, trailing vines and ringed walkway. In summer, it’s a great choice for alfresco dining, and the location offers striking skyline views across London. Indoor attractions include a circular bar, brasserie and corporate-styled restaurant. Expect regional French cooking, occasionally inspired by forays further afield.

A first course of flavoursome beef carpaccio, topped with lightly pickled wild mushrooms and crunchy garden vegetables, benefited from an umami boost of dried pounded black olives. Crisp-skinned sea bass fillet, jauntily perched over softened, sliced fennel and courgettes, and sauced with a rich saffron-tomato velouté, also worked well as a main. Sadly, though, braised chicken cooked with mushrooms and baby onions was not a success.

Pale, flaccid-skinned chicken, dense mash and an unforgivably oily bread croûte delivered nothing of note. Desserts – tiramisu and roast plums – were OK, but no more. Well-meaning service wasn’t as on-the-ball as expected, but despite misgivings, it’s a buzzy destination of choice for bankers and their clients. And the cooking is decent enough – in parts.




Address: No.1 Poultry
Transport: Tube: Bank
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We used the Evening Standard menu for an anniversary dinner. The prices on the a la carte are somewhat eye watering! The choice on the menu was very good, service was amazing and the restaurant itself is beautiful. The food itself is as excellent as you’d expect to be and the whole ambience is very ‘French’. If you do stray from the set menu though, even just a glass of wine, a side dish or even a bottle of sparkling water, the cost adds up very quickly! 


Finally got a chance to check this rooftop bar out! It was lovely, not too crowded for a Wednesday and we managed to find a table outside for a drink. The service was friendly but the only thing I'll mention is how there were only three toilets in the ladies' bathroom for a restaurant that seats quite a few! We had to queue to use the bathroom even though the restaurant and bar weren't that busy. The views were also very nice, given that it's in The City and it was great to sit down to chill and watch the sunset. 


Whilst working my way through this years evening standard menus across London, I was really excited to visit Coq d'argent mainly due to the location and their famous roof terrace: I was not disappointed!

I took my boyfriend here as, like me, he is a lover of great food and he was also very impressed.

We arrived early for our table and were offered to be seated or whether we wanted to get a drink on the terrace. It was raining so we opted to eat first and get a drink after. We were given a free bread basket and the glass of champagne which came with our menu straight away and could therefore relax into our evening.

The food was exquisite, being a pescetarian, I'm usually limited to fish as the veg options are a bit bland, however the menu looked so delicious so I opted for the tomato salad to start and goats cheese tart for main. My boyfriend had a goats cheese parcel to start and chicken for main (he said the meat was amazing)! Not only did the food taste amazing, but the presentation was something else! Sometimes on set menus, the restaurant doesn't try as hard as those paying full price but I really didn't feel that here, the standard was unreal!!

We both had the chocolate fondant for dessert (obv) which again was amazing.

We didn't end up having a drink after on the terrace as we were both in a food coma but I'll definitely be back just for drinks another time (although be warned, they are super pricey!)

Overall, we spent £60 on three courses and a glass of champagne each. An absolute bargain in relation to the a la carte menu, however I will definitely be back paying full price to experience this restaurant again!


So so so... We came here a few weeks back for some rooftop drinks in the height of summer.. It was packed and so had to queue to get in ... It took 5 mins max and we were heading to the top! Nice right?

There were many tables but all were taken... Luckily a group left and left us with a table...😉

The rooftop was packed!!!! Literally had to squeeze in to get there which wasn't pleasant but thats not why this place gets a 3 star. Its the service that was poor. We had to flag down a waiter who told us that the tables were in fact "table service" but then disappeared himself for an hour before coming back to take our order!

We hung in there and placed our order which didnt arrive at all! So we made our way to the bar and bought ourselves wine.... After demolishing the bottle our order still hadn't made an appearance... So we decided to leave and attempt to get tipsy elsewhere .. As we were heading out the waiter stops us and says our order is ready and at the bar...... 1 hours and half later? Nope we declined and left . such a Shane really as its a lovely place to go for drinks but the service is awful so I wouldn't recommend it unless you have tons of patience.

I went there once for a drink in the Summer : loveley place, friendly staff, just a bit too posh for me. I was curious to come back for dinner for the French food, but being more used to pubs I did not know what to expect. I went with three friends, it was really easy to book a table on a Friday night, January is a good opportunity for that. Staff was nice and helpful.

I had a mocktail with cucumber, very refreshing. I would not recommend the salmon for starter, it was dry and came with a piece of crunchy toasted bread (the bread and butter on the table were much better), but my friends ordered the cauliflower with poached egg and cream, it is very tasty and the presentation is lovely. 

All mains came out with great portions. They have an extensive selection for meat, fish or vegetables lovers. Once again, the presentation was key, but it doesn't take away the taste. 

Desserts were also a very generous size (almost too much!), buy we finished everything. The Creme Brulee might have needed a second more under the flame, but the chocolate fondant did not disappoint. 

I would recommend this place if you want to treat yourself with friends or family, and don't order bottled water! 

In the heart of the city, tucked away just off busy Poultry and the usual high street labels, you should look out for a small quiet plaza. Following a quick scan, you’ll spot a lift with a subtle name tag above it providing reassurance that you are on track to Coq D’Argent. You’re now an elevator ride away from a rooftop garden with cozy tables for either two or small groups and a buzzing atmosphere. Were it not for the Shard and the Gherkin peeking through the hedge surrounding the roof terrace, you might forget for a moment that you are about to enjoy a drink in one of the world's busiest cities. 

Coq d’Argent offers a great selection of gin concoctions with an equally alluring presentation. In the mood for a fresh twist on the classic G&T? Try the Gin Mare with basil leaves, pink grapefruit and Mediterranean Tonic. More in the mood for something sweet? Maybe the Portobello gin with a dry orange slice, cinnamon and Indian tonic will hit the spot.

Worried you’ll feel chilly after sitting on the terrace? If the gin selection has not warmed you up by now, fear not, the radiators spread around the garden will help out. Still thinking that al fresco dining is best reserved for the warmer months? You can always relocate to the indoor restaurant.


Coq d'Argent, infamously famous with the city folk and those who believe it a great place to dine. Having been a few times I was expecting great food, impeccable attentive service and and enjoyable evening with friends. Sadly the evening started with inattentive service as the wrong sparkling wine was brought to the table followed by a disagreement between the sommelier and waitron as to what was actually ordered. The days of introductions seem to be long gone as the waitress failed to build rapport or introduce herself. The second time round she seemed more enthusiastic as she took our orders. Our starters left us slightly disappointed, a lacklustre goats cheese parcel with its rubbery onion, peppers and light cheese folded in a crumbling filo pastry. The salmon was equally bland and dull apart from the two flowers placed on the plate. Mains were ok, a warm lamb shank, served with a dense mashed potato and a disappointing bordering on cold yellow fin tuna steak. Dessert was the saving grace of the evening, every single one of them crammed with flavour, texture and deliciousness. The petit fours were equally enjoyable especially the chocolate truffles. Service overall was shoddy and un attentive, "surely if someone asks how was your meal was and you reply ok, you don't respond by saying I am glad you enjoyed it" We retired to the terrace/gardens which was yet another highlight, I finally got a chance to enjoy the lawned garden and take in the far reaching views of the city. overall a great place to enjoy a dessert or two and a few glasses of bubbles. Sadly this time the place was let down by its food, service and washrooms.

One of my favourite places to dine and drink, the rooftop is beautiful the staff are great.  My last visit I had snails for the first time and I really enjoyed them, the food is perfect I highly recommend to everyone!!!!  :) 

The views are fantastic, the service is highly commendable, the food is delicious and the menu is extensive. If you book before 29 August, you can take advantage of a 3 course & champagne offer for £30 but either way, well worth splashing out for an occasion. On a hot day you will have to queue to get up there but even the wait is worth it as it is one of the City’s classiest rooftop venues. It’s at its best in the summer but during winter they turn it into a chalet inspired snow heaven which is just as attractive.
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Great place to visit when the sun is shining to enjoy one of the best roof top terraces in the city. Be prepared for a pretty stiff bill if you decide to eat here - the food is very good, without being top drawer, and generally the service is as you'd expect for a restaurant claiming to be at the higher end of the market. It can be quite tricky to find the entrance - basically you have to take a small lift up to the restaurant at Poultry - as the lift is small it can get busy and cosy, but the wait is worth it for the views from the rooftop. Booking when the sun is out is absolutely essential.

Fantastic setting, meal, atmosphere and service despite being in the heart of the city this is one place where you can have a very civilised meal in pleasant company.

I had reserved a table for 10 for Sunday lunch one month before the date since it was to be a very special occasion. The whole party arrived at 2 pm and all orders were taken by 2. 30 pm. Unfortunately the experience was not a good one, poor service and food. Be careful going as a large group!

There were 5 main problems with our experience:

1. The food arrived 1.5hours after our orders were taken! At 4pm!

2. Only NINE of us actually received our meals at 4pm...the other one waited an extra 15 minutes, only to be told his order had run out and then was given an overcooked small piece of lamb which seemed to be re-used from beforehand. We then saw this same dish being offered to another lady on a different table, who also refused to accept it.

3. From the nine who received their meals, 7 ordered meat dishes with according to the menu should be served with Yorkshire puddings. 3 of the plates were missing ingredients! Only 4 the plates arrived with Yorkshire puddings! When we asked, we were told that there were no more left so they decided to give the Yorkshire puddings to only half of us and leave the other half of the plates empty with just the meat and some vegetables! 

4. The sauce did not arrive with the food, we waited more for this and the meat was not of the expected quality not the full rib eye steak expected, very small pieces.

5. On complaining, the manager response was not very hospitable at all, not understanding and not willing to accept the errors made!

Of course we received some discount off our meal but this does not make up for ruining a special family occasion for which we had higher expectations from such a good reviewed and expensive restaurant. We will not be going there again which is a shame because the location and atmosphere is otherwise very nice.

We wanted something special for our Christmas lunch get together, and affordable. This place was a good choice for that. Really, really lovely, very relaxing and friendly, great buzzy atmosphere. Spacious tables, no banging elbows. The three courses set menu for £29 was very good value - for sublime masterchef food - had a lot of choices, which also included the dish of the day. We all had a different dish, and it was all delicious, all really nicely presented. I had the 63 degree free range British egg, smoked haddock and spinach for the starter, and it was perfection, followed by the almond and cacao nib venison, parsnip puree and amaretto sauce, which was also very tasty. All rounded off with some sublime desserts which included a Christmassy Yule Log. The wines were affordable, we chose the Chenin Blanc at £26 to accompany our meal. They even had gluten free bread when requested. Service was friendly, welcoming and unobtrusive, We had a table near the window, so saw some beautiful views. Would definitely recommend and need to go back when the weather is warmer to dine alfresco on the rooftop terrace. Great place for a special occasion.

This is a great place to hire for company parties or large private functions like weddings. My steel drum band covered a couple of events here and the acoustics are fantastic, the views are stunning, the service is fluent; it ticks most boxes.

I booked this restaurant for a romantic meal with my partner knowing nothing about it. I had seen an offer on toptable for a spring/summer set price menu. When we arrived we were worried there would be too many City types there, there were a few but we were pleasantly surprised as it was very busy with a mixed crowd (possibly because of the offer). The staff were really attentive and the sommelier was very helpful (even when there was a mix-up over the wine we ordered). The spring set menu we had was lovely, although the portions were small, and so was our wine. The wine was very pricey but this is to be expected from this type of restaurant. There was a great terrace which we weren't able to use as the weather was bad but this would offer great views in the summer I'd imagine. All in all we had a great evening so I would recommend it!

Coq d'argent, good for a drink on the terace when the weather is nice, but I wouldn't recommend the restaurant to anyone! My friends ordered foie gras for starters and steak for main, foie gras was nice, but the steak was very dry and cold, the chips were undercooked. I had tuna for starter and coq au vin for main, tasteless, very disappointing! Value for money is an absolute rip off! PS: Really avoid to go if you have any food allergy or are a vegetarian!

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