Lond on the Inside
“Not that London needed another cluckin’ chicken joint, but we got one and Cocotte is doing it right. Taking roost in Notting Hill, the healthy rotisserie serves up free-range birds from La Chapelle d’Andaine farm in France. So we decided to ditch Nandos and venture West to give it a go.
With a simple menu, the marinated roast chicken takes centre stage and comes either whole, half or quartered. Succulent and flavoursome, it’s exactly what it says on the tin. But the real dilemma is choosing sides from the HUGE list of healthy salads including our fave, the Fernande salad with barley, pomegranate, feta, baby salad and spring onions to the less healthy truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and THOSE baby roast potatoes with chicken gravy. HUBBA HUBBA. When it came to dessert the selection is small but their mochi; small balls of ice cream coated in a sticky rice cake, are perfect if you’ve over indulged (and let’s face it you will have)”
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“Cocotte, a new rotisserie chicken restaurant based in Notting Hill, is your one stop chicken shop. Opened a few months ago, Cocotte serves succulent roast chicken to eat in or takeaway with classic side dishes and healthy salads. The restaurant is inspired by the chicken takeaway sites popular in Paris and offers a healthy alternative, perfect for working lunches, dinners or easy takeaway options for tea in front of the box at home.
Ensuring every dish is prepared with juicy, flavourful meat, Cocotte’s chickens are marinated for 24 hours in their secret recipe of herbs and spices before being slow cooked for 3 hours at 93oC and then finished on the spit to crisp up the skin. Chickens are served whole, half or by the quarter, alongside a range of sauces that are made in small batches for absolute freshness and include; garlic mayo, home-made barbeque, Cocotte mustard, chicken gravy, spicy and a fresh pesto made with parsley, coriander, basil and mint. There’s also super fresh salads with quinoa, millet, yellow pepper and cherry tomatoes alongside smaller dishes of truffle mac ‘n cheese, greens and baby roast potatoes. Nandos, who?”
“The shameless chicken lovers of London (you know who you are) will probably be aware of a recent feisty flummox of posh KFC and Nandos style eateries across the city. The ardent love of chicken is rife and savvy restaurateurs with a knack for spotting trends and a fondness for full pockets are cashing in. These seductively lit, graffiti adorned joints boast healthier fried drumsticks or spit roasted free range birds, smothered in sexy seasonings – arriving at the table with skin-on potato wedges and perfectly on-trend raw coleslaw, or an Instagram-friendly salad primarily composed of avocado.
The latest contender to the scene is Cocotte – a slick, inviting rotisserie restaurant based in Westbourne Grove, serving the juiciest roast chickens, wholesome colourful salads and comforting side dishes to soothe the foodie souls of even the fussiest diners. After dining at this fine establishment recently, we’d even go as far as to say they’re head and shoulders (and wings) above the rest (oh the joy of chicken puns…).
Walk in to this simple yet chic joint from bustling West London streets and you’ll be greeted by stylish, minimalist decor and the glorious sight of numerous plump chickens rotating on a spit. These particular free range birds hail from a picturesque French farm in La Chapelle d’Andaine and have spent their lives merrily frolicking about in open fields between hearty feeds of natural noms such as vegetables and corn.
Once at Cocotte they are generously marinated for 24 hours in a watertight secret recipe of flavoursome herbs and spices before being slowly spit roasted and brought proudly to the table with your choice of sides, which can only be described as otherworldly. We were instantly enamoured with the insanely creamy Mashed Potatoes, the euphoria inducing, truffle infused Mac n Cheese and the Nathalie Salad – a pleasing pile of kale, roasted yellow peppers, pumpkin seeds and tahini – deliciously doused with fresh lime juice and nutty walnut oil.
Those partial to a bit of sauce will be spoilt for choice with the tempting options of Garlic Mayo, BBQ, Cocotte Mustard, Chicken Gravy (also available in a badass spicy version), Green Sauce and Truffle Mayo.
After such bountiful feasting it may seem almost impossible to make room for pudding, yet we insist you persevere and order the Mango Mochi – a random yet exciting ice-cream filled dumpling (other fruity flavours are available), or for pure indulgence – the sticky date and coconut cake, which made us feel like we were visiting someones nan from up North known for their love of baking with exotic influences.
Trust us on this one – your slightly more prominent belly will be worth it!”
“An informal brassiere style chicken rotisserie restaurant in the heart of Notting Hill.
It’s all about the chicken. The restaurant sources the animals from a farm in France where they spent their lives outside on a natural diet of vegetables and corn. They are then marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked on a low heat to ensure maximum flavour and juiciness.
The mantra of the restaurant is clean and healthy eating – if that includes mac and cheese with truffle, sign me up right now!
What to eat: Chicken. You can order a full, half or a quarter with a selection of side dishes and sauces. The roasted potatoes and the spicy and the green sauce were our winners.”
Review by: Sandra Waibl, Picture Editor