Le Coq is a small neighbourhood type restaurant in Highbury and Islington. It's no reservations, is a tiny dining room and is closed on Monday's so I feared we might be in for a long wait on the Tuesday evening we visited, but actually we only waited for around 20 minutes with a nice bottle of Reisling to keep us company.
The menu changes regularly, mostly on a weekly basis, you can check what's on via the website. There are 2 starters to choose from and the accompaniments to the main event, rotisserie Sutton Hoo chicken are always interesting, these change weekly too. Sides remain the same and there's always a choice of ice cream or a tart for pud. I love the simplicity of it. Here's what we ate:
Starter 1 - raw smoked haddock with bergamot, really fishy but refreshing
and fragrant with the citrusy hit of the fruit
Starter 2 - we both preferred this, the roasted cauliflower, grumulo
and pomegranate salad. The creamy dressing was tangy and earthy
with a subtle curry flavour, so so good.
Main course - the chicken came with brussel sprouts, pancetta and polenta.
Gravy is served on the side in a little jug, and it's excellent. A nice sprinkling
of parsley on top, succulent meat and amazing veggies. LOVED IT.
Sides - we couldn't resist the rotisserie potatoes for an extra £3.75. We were beaten
though because we also got the bread (£2.50) to mop up
the gravy but both sides were brilliant, a lovely peppery
green olive oil also came with the bread.
We shared the amalfi lemon and ginger tart for dessert,
lovely and tart with a splodge of creme fraiche on the side.
The service was lovely and for such great quality food the price of £17 for 2 courses, or £22 for 3 is an absolute bargain. Wines are mostly between £20 and £30, also great value. I can't recommend the place enough, it's one of the nicest meals I've had this year.
294 St Paul's Road
Highbury & Islington