In my opinion, West London has an inadequate number of good restaurants compared to East, Central and South. So I always jump at the chance to review an exciting new eatery over this side of town.
Cocotte is a relaxed French restaurant on chic Westbourne Grove near Notting Hill. Inspired by the popular venues in Paris, they aim to serve up healthy rotisserie chicken dishes for eating in or to takeaway. The recipes have been created by Chef Romain, who has previously worked in a number of Michelin starred restaurants in France.
The simple menu features options of full, half or quarter chicken, a range of delectable sauces including garlic mayo (my favourite), chicken gravy, spicy sauce and Cocotte mustard. Alongside the chicken you can choose from a selection of salads, soups and sides.
I was lucky to be dining with a big group of girls and between us we tried almost everything on the menu. The chicken was polished off pretty quickly, delicious tender meat with crispy salty skin… it reminded me of the rotisserie chicken we buy on holiday at Provencal weekend markets. Of the sides, I loved the decadent Mac & Cheese, the Fernande (barley, pomegranate and feta) salad and the Nini’s green salad with broccoli, broad beans, basil and olive oil.
After the savoury feast we sampled desserts, sharing two between six of us. I can highly recommend the Date & Coconut cake, which surprised me in both texture and flavour, it was the perfect sweet treat to finish the meal.
I often find myself working in Notting Hill and I am delighted to have discovered Cocotte, a great little venue for a Parisian chicken lunch.
More information and book a table at Cocotte here.