With the weather failing to brighten up and my university work refusing to write itself it’s been a bit of a dreary week for me. Feeling like I could do with a little cheering up I headed to Cocotte, a chicken rotisserie restaurant based in Notting Hill. An evening of delicious food, lovely conversation and a cheeky Aperol Spritz was just what I needed – hooray!
Cocotte can be found on Westbourne Grove amongst the boutiques and bars of Notting Hill. The chic interior featuring low hanging lights, rustic wood furniture and marble counters fits in perfectly with the upmarket vibe of the area. We thought we would get ourselves in the mood for the European cuisine by ordering an Aperol Spritz and oh boy were they delicious! Despite the rain outside I felt as if I could be on holiday sipping my cocktail in a little café tucked away from the beach – if only!
The half chicken (which cost £12) was a good portion size for the two of us. You can also order a quarter or whole chicken portion if you’re feeling extra peckish. If you thought chicken was dull served on its own then you have to visit Cocotte – they will prove you very wrong. The meat was succulent and flavoursome after being marinated in a secret mix of spices and herbs.
Despite the delicious flavour of the chicken I couldn’t resist tasting the sauces. The small servings of sauce were a great idea because it meant each bite of our chicken was a little different. The pesto was the perfect complement to the marinated chicken, the spicy sauce added some heat and the truffle mayo was, of course, a favourite with my truffle-obsessed date.
With healthy eating being a focus of the restaurant I had high expectations for the salad. The Fernande which was a mix of barley, pomegranate, feta cheese, baby salad and springs was delicious – definitely one I will be attempting at home. I was, however, less impressed by the Juliette, a mix of carrot, celery, red onions, red pepper, parsley, coriander chives, nuts and sesame.
For the sides we had only ordered two salads and some truffle mac & cheese but our waiter (who is also the chef and founder) kindly brought out some more potatoes so we could try all of the menu. He was very kind for the whole evening and made our meal really special – it’s always such a treat to eat somewhere with lovely staff who obviously really care about the food they serve.
For dessert we were spoilt for choice so decided to share two. We had a date and coconut cake which was nice but nothing special and two Mochi balls. I had never heard of Mochi balls before. They are a Japanese delicacy and, after tasting them once, my new favourite pudding! The little balls of sweet strawberry cheesecake were absolutely scrumptious.
If you live near Notting Hill and need your day brightening with a healthy and flavoursome meal then I would definitely recommend treating yourself to a meal at Cocotte. You can browse the menu and book a table here: www.mycocotte.uk