Coq D'Argent holds a special place in my heart, as my darling husband and I wandered a few streets from his office to find this lovely spot, complete with rooftop terrace and sweeping views of the City, when our first option was closed.
Admittedly, I'm a shameless Francophile, namely for the cuisine. I must admit I was not expecting such gorgeous food in this restaurant - their desserts are ah-maz-ing.
The restaurant had smooth, elegant service and the food was served beautifully. I would have to say my memory can still taste the dessert - their Bitter Chocolate Fondant (au rhum caramel) is absolute perfection. They offer set menus, which are actually quite reasonable for London - £29 for 3 courses (don't skip the dessert - seriously!). The food is very rich - you will love it if you have a taste for French cuisine, and it will not break the bank for regular visits.
I fancy that most locals love this place for the views and the garden (as do I) but I really love the interior decor of the big wooden door leading out to the patio and the inner circular walking area around the bar. The view here is solid (by London standards, not by NYC standards) but given the local weather, your days are limited to really soak in the ambiance and sun here. Luckily for me I endured 5 days of sunshine during my trip to London last summer. I expected to see tourists here during lunch time during the week but instead I encountered business professionals drinking beers in suits. Welcome to London.
Came here for the rooftop bar with a friend on the Friday preceding a long weekend. The weather was gorgeous and the mood was light, as the weekend was upon us. This all translated into a great experience, as the place wasn't too crowded (which it probably would be on a typical Friday night).
The bars along the outside of the restaurant only offer a fraction of what can be made at the main bar - so I would recommend going to the main bar for drinks and then making your way out to the open air gardens. The grass in the garden is a nice touch, and made the surrounding concrete that much more friendly - and the mast that extends upwards does give the whole garden have a ship/submarine feel to it.
Nice people, good cocktails, manageable noise levels, breathtaking scenery as the sun set upon London. Not much more you can ask for on a Friday night.
This is definitely a place that you will want to go to, but that being said a lot of people probably go to it. When you can find that end-of-summer night where it's not packed, you've struck gold.
Went here for a celebratory lunch with a partner after closing a huge deal. The good was good. Started with the Foie Gras (banned in California so I have to get it outside). Preparation was different in that it was a paste but the taste was very nice. Went on to the duck which was wonderfully prepared and very soft. Ended with the berry desert which was very large and one that I shared. Definitely a nice place to eat.
Dinner started off with a Carpaccio. The interesting addition on to this particular dish was mushrooms that were pickled a little bit. The plating was really elegant and the pickling of those mushrooms was a great way to introduce some acid into the dish.
For the main course I had the Duck. The duck was tender and was accompanied by a rich orange sauce. It was very tender and juicy and didn't seem greasy at all despite the confit method of preparation.
I did order the Potatoes Dauphinoise as a side to go along with my main course. Unfortunately, the potatoes were just slightly cold. I didn't mind that much since they took them off of the bill and gave me fries instead (due to the time it would take to cook another Gratian). The highlight of the meal was the dessert though which was one of the best that I've ever had. I started and ended my meal with a carpaccio and my dessert would be this awesome pineapple carpaccio. It was sublime. You had the fresh pinapple along with this wonderful vodka lime foam that provided a little bit of tartness in order to balance out the sweetness of the coconut ice cream. This dish made the experience here more than worth while and I'm glad I was convinced to spend the extra £3 for the three course set menu.
London continues to amaze me with how many cool places exist that you can walk by without ever knowing. Le Coq D'Argent is definitely a cool place and given that it's a stone's throw (no hyperbole, you can literally peg someone with a stone from my building) away I really am remiss in not visiting it sooner. My excuse is that the entrance is a bit hidden away and you have to ascend via the lifts before you are in the restaurant/bar proper.
The key selling point of course is the massive outdoor terrace and bar. This comes in three parts.
First, there is the bar next to the restaurant that services the typical upscale bar food. Benefit of this area is that you can get food (always a plus) and also the full range of cocktails from the restaurant bar. The burger comes highly recommended by my colleague and I personally would vouch for the Old Fashioned which was fantastic. It takes 7 minutes to make (most of that time is stirring) and it's good to see that some bartenders still take the time to make the drink properly. Tables can be a bit hard to snag and it seems that you must be sitting down in this area (not that there is much place to stand regardless).
Next up, the outside bar and seating. This is immediately behind you when you exit the lifts and is a circle around the atrium like fixture. The bar is on the far side of the circle next to the entrance to the Terrace and unfortunately only serves beer, wine, and champagne. For cocktails you have to go to the inside bar although I think there is waiter service here so perhaps you can just place an order. It's a nice place to sit although it seems to be full of smokers so keep that in mind.
Finally, the Terrace. This is the key selling point and on that rare sunny English day, it's full of well dressed City Boys and Girls having a cheeky glass of wine or champers. You have a pretty good view of the city (albeit currently marred by the construction site next door) and you do feel free and almost on top of the world. No seating here unless you want to plonk down on the grass but it's a great place away from the bustle of the streets to enjoy the sunshine. And you are high enough that the pollution seems a hazy dream. Fresh London air...crazy talk!
I'm visiting next to try the food so will report more then, but give Le Coq D'Argent a try, it's well worth it once you manage to ignore the high prices. Cocktails run around £10-12, champers about £9/glass, and wine around £30+ for a bottle.
Coq d'Argent's name makes reference to its City location atop post-modern No.1 Poultry. You have to ride an elevator up, which is a bit hard to spot as it's somewhat tucked away from the street. Once you reach the rooftop, however, let the key selling point embrace you: the truly breathtaking and spectacular view of the City and beyond.
I came here with a friend recently for Sunday lunch, and for £28 per person, the 3-course prix fixe menu is exceptionally good value for City dining. I enjoyed the salmon rillettes, the glazed pork cheeks, and the cheese plate (£4 supplement).
Coq d'Argent has been around for quite a while (I first came here in 2002), and it remains a favored place for a power lunch or business dinner in the City. The outdoor terrace is a popular spot for evening drinks. On this Sunday, we were the first people there, and at that time the place was mostly empty. With a jazz band playing in the background; courteous, unobtrusive service; and the gorgeous view pretty much to ourselves, it was a perfect way to ease into a weekend day.
UPDATE: Maintaining the 3 stars. Here's why:
£100 for a $40 bottle of California Pinot? I think the list needs some work.
Fundamentally, this is the thing. The cocktails are just OK. The food is really rather fabulous. They do things here well, but at the end of the day.. go on someone else's dime. For the money, you're far better off, say, getting Eurostar tickets and eating in Lille.
The martinis still don't cut it. Why? How hard is it? I learned how to make a decent one while becoming a burgeoning alcoholic student.
You know when people complain about expensive restaurants being more hype then substance and not worth the money? Well this place would back their claim.
It was on a gorgeous sunny afternoon that we checked out this City establishment. Famous for having a rooftop garden with incredible views of London, that did indeed not disappoint. But that was the only thing that lived up to the reputation. The rest was about as lack luster as it gets.
Starting with the reception upstairs where the hostess was unhelpful and not answering the question asked of her, directed us to another hostess. Clearly greeting people is a hard job. Having arrived early we did enjoy drinks of the rooftop garden which was splendid, before entering a very noisy dining room. Very noisy. I don't know how City business can possibly be conducted over a power lunch here as I could barely hear the person sitting next to me. The space itself was comfortable and modern but because of the noise one really doesn't feel comfortable.
The food was less then spectacular, and at these prices it should be. It wasn't even good. Our starters were OK, but not exciting. Our mains were a serious disappointment. I had the Beef Wellington which the waitress herself said the chef recommended medium rare -which was what i wanted. It arrived well done. When it was pointed out to another waiter he just looked at me, clueless. Maybe it was only his job to ask how the meal was but not do anything about it or even comment on it for that matter. The meal was so disappointing we didn't even want dessert.
Its been a while since I had a restaurant experience I considered a total waste of time, so I would suggest that others not waste their time their either.
We wanted something special for our lunch get together over the Christmas period, 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.
We stumbled upon this restaurant, intrigued by the private elevator. There is a separate, clear glass elevator that takes you to the rooftop. Even for the brief ride, I enjoyed a brief conversation with strangers: two French women and two Armenian men that wanted to discuss why London had such dreary weather.
We did not have reservations but we arrived before the crowd. This is a favorite for the financial professionals and their clients. I suppose this is why it is called "money rooster" or "golden cock?"
The atmosphere is nice and the food is splendid. I ordered the salade de crabe, king crab with aubergine and pine nuts. I also ordered the suckling pig, which was very tender. There were three cuts on the plate, not sure which areas of the pig, but each had a distinct texture and flavor.
Wine list is of course extensive. The bar is also inviting. They have an outside area where attractive Londoners grab expensive cocktails.
If you find yourself in this area, it is a fantastic place. Could be romantic, as long as your date doesn't want to "trade up" for the many hedge fund millionaires that dine here.
I went to this place once it has a somewhat surreal roof top terrace which gave me a sense of 'fakeness' it felt very much like a simulated environment and the sense of simulation was very apparent! So much so that I felt like I was in 'Sim City'. The view from the terrace was amazing though nothing like was you normally would see. However I am not a fan of this place and I will probably not go again
Drinks was pretty ok on the pricey side but not too exorbitant. On the whole not impressed!
+ went on a Monday night with reservations for the 3 course meal for £25
+ seated promptly by the window
+ mushroom appetizer, I thought it was okay, but the others who ordered the chicken and the salmon thought it was FAB
+ main course: consensus that the duck is absolutely amazing (I don't like duck)
+ creme brulee dessert was really good.
Really can't beat a three course French meal for £25 especially at a place in the city with fabulous views for drinks post dinner.
Check toptable as they often have deals!
I love the whole set up of this place.
After making the ascent to the top of No.1 Poultry you enter through the trendy garden on the roof terrace. It's a great place to drink with friends in the summer time and Coq D'Argent has a comprehensive team of sommeliers on hand with wine and champagne selections.
Food (I've not eaten in the restaurant but I've sampled the canapes) is delicious - they do a mean foie gras and despite being a French restaurant they have chunky chips down to an art.
Well worth the meander down an alley and up an elevator. Fantastic spot for a post-work business dinner.
Great service, busy but not crowded, and standard wine list (agree that the new world wines are quite marked-up, but 2-3x retail is typically standard). Delicious selections - my soup was particularly fantastic - but with enough variation to give everyone something to choose from - no worries on dietary restrictions here, they can accomodate.
Pretty nice place. Perfect for a business dinner, or just to spend some quality time with the loves ones. It has a classy atmosphere and decoration improves it a lot. Food is high quality, always prepared good, a wide range of dishes and drinks can be found in the menu. Prices are a bit high, but thats understandable. Staff are always polite, serving either food or drinks with style and being welcoming.
You can feel 'exclusive' while taking a tiny lift to the roof garden restaurant in the middle of the City. However, the reception area is too small so it could be packed in peak hours.
Anyway, bar is fine and ambience is ok. You can sit down in a peaceful mind. Services are smart and efficient. They can survive unanticipated questions about wine and production years, and matching dishes, so on.
Food quality is fair. Size is good for women. Perhaps overpriced, thus risking to be not value for money for some guests. However, a good place for your first memorable evening date within the City (for a drink only, I would rather recommend Royal Exchange though).
I visit Coq D'argent regularly mostly in the summer time due to the fantastic roof garden and views across the city.
The food is great here and beautifully presented by friendly and helpful staff. You can just visit for drinks, you dont have to eat and when the sun is shining the roof garden is full of people who live or work nearby ejoying a drink above the rooftops. There is also a viewpoint which overlooks the Royal Exchange.
You reach Coq D'argent by lift and takes you straight up into the garden. One of my favorite places to eat and drink in London. Not cheap but that is more than made up for in the food, atmosphere and views.
go, but go when there's a deal on.
this is a cool place, no doubt about it. The rooftop terrace/garden is fantastic and although the clientele mostly City suits it doesn't have that feel that you need to be one of them to fit in. The cocktails are average, I agree with some of the other reviews on this one - if its touting itself as a five star eaterie/bar/hip cool place then the cocktails should be top hotel bar standard, and they aint. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, light, atmospheric, I am real fan of the space. I've eaten here on my own £ and thought it was nice but extortionate. I've eaten here on a toptable deal and been much happier. The set menus for a deal are good, the service is very good, but really I think go for the whole experience rather than just what arrives on the place - its one of those places.
This was one of my favorite restaurants in London. I came here a couple of times for lunch and was always impressed with the servers, the food, and the view. The only negative thing I can say is that the wines, while delicious, were overpriced.
It's a little hidden gem in the middle of the city. The rooftop garden is the perfect place for a drink during the summer. They do yummy Pimm's. I'd only come here for one or two, not a whole night. Be prepared to queue.
I had to give them a 5 because of the overall experience I had here. I made reservations for a table of 18 for our wedding ceremony reception, which was a small affair. They had no problem letting me add guests as the list grew longer and called 2 days before to confirm the number of guests and the food menu. They also warned me that the service might be a bit slow with a larger party but I didn't notice at all, they were so attentive. With a party this large they do a set menu for the table and the choices were absolutely lovely. I had the game terrine to start, which was quite large and tasted the Escargot, which were also really good. The olive braised duck was delightful and the creme brulee was probably the best choice for dessert. Some others got the banoffee cheesecake and were a bit disappointed. The ambiance in the restaurant was great and had a quiet, classy feel but we didn't feel bad getting a bit loud as we were celebrating. The view is amazing and the outdoors terrace is a great addition to a really fabulous restaurant. I would highly recommend for any special occasion or date night.
Little known outside the City's financial quarter, this is one of the best and most interesting restaurants in London. Accessed by discreet lifts on the ground floor of the unloved eyesore No 1 Poultry, one enters a magical rooftop garden and a calm, wide room with views over much of the City. Eyewateringly expensive and mouthwateringly good, a recent light lunch of a plate of fines de Claire and a vegetable tart washed down with a couple of glasses of house Sancerre knocked the top off £70. After a meal, stroll outside onto the round terrace (where you can also eat among the wisteria) and through a gate, and be amazed at the view from the carefully-tended lawn and the lookout folly at the point overlooking Bank. Alternatively, just come up for a drink in the garden and watch the sun go down
Haven't had the pleasure of eating here but have drunk (and been drunk) in the bar several times and always had a good night. The expansive roof terrace is great in the summer, and in the winter they usually have patio heaters to keep the place warm. It is table service only, even for drinks, which is great for lazy gits like me who hate standing at the bar. On the flip side you are out of luck if you can't find a table. But it does tend to keep the riff raff out, tally ho!
Formerly part of Terence Conran's restaurant empire (now no more), this one has a pretty special location. Accessed by a single elevator in an office atrium, you're whisked up to an absolutely delightful rooftop location with both indoor & outdoor dining. Serving up high quality french-influenced food, its worth a visit. Given its location in the heart of the City, its predominantly a business venue, but great for meeting up for a special occaision with friends who may be based in the area.
This fabulous French restaurant offers a great service. During your meal your drinks are topped up and your every need is catered for, so you feel like royalty! The outside seating area offers stunning views and inside it is spatious and relaxed. Not to mention the food is great!
When you arrive at the base of the building you enter the elevator with a certain sense of excitement, eating good food & drinking wonderful wine at the top of a London high rise is quite an experience.
When we arrived we decided to sit on the roof terrace which has spectacular views of the London City Skyline. We were asked for a bank card when we ordered the drinks even though we were a party of six having dinner inside, which spoiled the atmosphere a bit.
When entering the somewhat underwhelming restaurant, we discovered that we had been placed right at the back of the restaurant on a long table even though the restaurant was relatively empty. We asked to be moved to a more central round table and this was done although not very promptly.
The menu had a good selection of tempting dishes. I began with the rock oyster followed by the steak with foi gras.
I do have to say that for the prices you are paying the other starters were more the size of an amuse bouche rather than what you would expect.
The mains were good although mine and my brothers had to be sent back as they were cold. Also my fathers food was delivered 15 minutes later than everyone elses which was confusing as he ordered a tuna steak which takes less time to cook and the restaurant had only three other tables dining.
All in all it was rather disappointing, however, it was the service that let it down rather than the quality of the food.
The views are fantastic though.
Absolutely impeccable service from the moment you walk in the door. Beautiful food (I particularly recommend the chocolate sorbet!) and lovely surroundings: very calming, the perfect place for a celebratory dinner. They were so helpful with our dietary requirements and were even able to accommodate a friend's restrictive FODMAP diet with no problems whatsoever. Amazing selection of wine too. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Cosy place, fits to my expectations. Has a nice decoration both inside and outside as well as good atmosphere, being improved by the good taste of music. Menu offers a wide selection of drinks and food to choose from, all reasonably priced. In overall, its a nice place to be and spend some time, recommended!
Food was good, but overpriced due to the location. Rather busy in the evening - good for a small group, but not for a couple perhaps. Service somewhat impersonal.
I was there a few nights ago to celebrate my birthday. It was all that I thought it was. The service was good, staff was friendly. The food was delicious and the desert was fabulous. It isn't cheap but you pay for good quality food. The view from the rooftop was beautiful you can see the city from up there. I think the view would be better in the summer when you can dine outside on the terrace where you can enjoy the view to its full potential. It is a place I would recommend going and I would go back again.
Just what London dining is all about IMHO. The first time we went we had the restaurant to ourselves as it was a big rugby night, but usually its full of a great lively clientèle and has a very good atmosphere. The food is great, with lots of delicious little courses and petite amusès, and the wine list is top notch, with a great sommelier to make recommendations for your meal. Nowadays we go for a drink fairly regularly and its a great place to take friends and clients.
You come here mostly for the City skyline view. So they close the gardens on Saturday at 9pm. Nobody tells you. They have a couple of hoods making sure you can't get out there. No problem when you sign the bill though.
Great French food! The selection of raw seafood was delicious. My entree was the roasted cod with lobster cream--it was equally yummy. I tried all of the desserts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
This lavish French eatery and bar sits perched on top of 1 Poultry, in the heart of the Square Mile. The view from the top of here is stunning, and if you're in to architecture and urban development this will be heaven for you. There is a large, smart indoor seating area and many outside tables on the heated terrace. The waiting staff are incredibly attentive and helpful; if they see you getting a bit nippy come nightfall as you're enjoying your Rioja outside they'll offer you a blanket! During the summer you can see many City workers basking in the sunshine, quaffing champers. It is very expensive here, and is primarily filled with City workers entertaining clients of each other. Well, with house wine £35 a bottle, it's hardly surprising! If you're feeling flush, or have a date you a) want to impress or b) want to be wined and dined then this is a pretty good bet. You can also hire the place out for private functions.
A cool place - enough said - great for client entertaining or just a few drinks after work. Obviously the experience is better in the summer. Great views over city of London and lush surroundings and good food make this a great experience, although a bit expensive.
Great for a civilized Sunday lunch away from the crowds.
When the weather is nice and it is summer time, this place is the place to go if you are in the City. Fantastic terrasses and views of the City, nice wines/oysters etc...
Few bemols needs to be mentioned, quality of the food has decreased alot over the last few years. They used to make fantastic snaks in the bar area Charcuterie/Fromages and other plates of quality products, but their list is now more like burger/french fries - I recomand salmon calamaries and oysters which are always great there though.
Regarding the restaurant, the same apply, quality has decreased and few dishes are just a bit of an insult to the clientele (they replaced duo de foie gras by terrine de fois which is now basically soem paté with pies and carrots!!!).
Wine list is still great.
Service is less good than it used to be, more approximative and clearly less proffessional.
So I would say more of a place to have a drink rather than having dinner. I usually go to the Bond's for the dinner, which is just around the corner...
Enjoy drinks on the roof top terrace for a classy night out with friends. A* food and service.
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