Famed for its sprawling views over the square mile, Coq D’Argent (named for its position on 1 Poultry Street) has long been at the top of the City’s pecking order when it comes to bottomless lunches and brunches.
The popular rooftop restaurant is accessible only via a private lift, which speedily delivers you to a manicured rooftop garden, complete with its own lawn, trailing vines and ringed walkway – not to mention panoramic views across the City of London and landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Monument and the Bank of England.
An obvious choice for after-work tipples during the flirty summer months, this rooftop bar and restaurant works hard to retain its appeal during the winter with its annual Lodge d’Argent – and a newly launched bottomless ‘Le Brunch’.
Not one to turn down a bottomless brunch, I made my way into the city on a Saturday and instead of the ‘ghost town’ I had expected, I walked in to a buzzing restaurant with live a DJ and accompanying roaming saxophonist, setting the scene for a glam and grown-up brunch.
Why so glam? Aside from unlimited Moet et Chandon, the menu offers a French twist on traditional brunch dishes such as Oeufs pochés Avocat (poached eggs, smashed avocado and crushed hazelnuts on toast) as well as more unusual choices like Tartare de chevreuil (Venison tartare, celeriac and green apple remoulade, fried quail’s eggs).
And with two courses for £26,50 or three for £29.50 (add unlimited Moet et Chandon for £40 per person), it’s a deal that’s hard to resist!
We started with the posh avocado toast – which very much lived up to expectations, the yolks velvety and the hazelnuts offering a necessary crunch.
Apparently this was just an Hors d’Oeuvres, and was followed by a wild mushroom and mozzarella flat omelette with a leaf salad. Although delicious, it was incredibly filling and neither of us managed to finish it.
Not ready to leave just yet, we carried on with the champagne until we eventually caved for the Taste Tatin (a caramelised warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream) and a seriously gooey Fondant au Chocolat with pistachio ice cream.
The tart was fine…
… but I challenge you not to get food envy when the fondant looks like this!!
Once our plates had been cleared the restaurant seemed in no hurry to get rid of us, and every time our glasses started looking a little low, someone would swoop by and replenish us – until we eventually had to tell them to stop 😉
A cappuccino helped sober us up enough to face the train home, although leaving the restaurant at 1pm slightly sozzled felt like a fun and naughty secret.
Le Brunch is available until the 28th February. Book it here.