As one admired restaurant departs (we’re sad to see 8 Hoxton Square go but at least you can still enjoy their sister restaurant, 10 Greek Street), another is welcomed in to the Shoreditch fold.
Cocotte, a French rotisserie restaurant opened its original digs in Notting Hill to great acclaim. Now they’re heading East with their herby chicken, super salads and *those* awesome sauces.
Advanced preparation is key to their clucking good chicken. Mixed with sunflower oil, paprika and their secret herb blend (we were reliably informed tarragon and thyme take lead) the birds are marinated for 24 hours before being steamed and finally, spit roasted in the ovens at the front for all to see.
Alongside the chicken, we tried a plethora of sides and sauces all worthy of their own merit. The buttery kale salad (the Nathalie), coated in a tahini dressing was delicious and the warm, comforting Ratatouille perfectly opposed it.
The Burrata was gorgeously soft served with sweet cherry tomatoes and doused in a balsamic glaze.
The Mac n’ Cheese was a little nondescript and disparate to the other outstanding sides.
The sauces are the real stars. From a smooth honey mayo, a feta-basil green sauce, BBQ, spicy and a turmeric yogurt, each one enhanced every dish sprawled across our table.
As open kitchens continue to lead the trend on London’s dining scene, there’s nothing better than seeing a meal come to life in front of you. The oven sits adjacent to a fully glass fronted entrance, letting the light flood in on a summers evening.
Another trend Cocotte have adopted is alas, an exposed brick wall adorned with climbing leaves and framed art. Underneath sit woven chairs and ceramic plates, giving the restaurant its subtle retro feel.
Although predominantly French, there are hints of other cuisine on the menu too. Middle Eastern and Italian flavours come through. There’s even Japanese influence on the desert menu; The Mochi balls are a must, coconut and matcha are the traditional options but the less traditional strawberry cheesecake was the one to bowl us over.
To book a table, visit their website here.
Cocotte is also available to take away and on Deliveroo.