Cocotte, Notting Hill
You know those times when you really don't want or need a fancy meal and all you really crave is just a simple plate of deliciousness? Well, I have those often and right now, I'm craving Cocotte.
A recent trip to Notting Hill led me to Cocotte, a chicken rotisserie on Westbourne Grove. A welcome addition to the area, it serves up beautifully flavoursome roast chicken along with classic side dishes and not-so-boring salads. Founded by a group of friends, the doors opened to Cocotte in February of this year and I hear they've got plans to open another one (*prays it's East London*) which is a great thing in my books. Why? Because honestly, Cocotte was just really, really tasty. Chicken is obviously the star of the show - with the rotisserie's chickens coming from a farm in France having been fed on a natural diet of vegetables and corn - and is marinated for 24 hours in a secret recipe, which, let me tell you, is bursting full of flavour (you don't even really need any of the sauces to accompany if I'm being completely honest). The sides are homely and hearty and are the perfect accompaniments to a meal that is both filling and fulfilling.
Oh how I wish they delivered to N1...
I love it when a place is easy on the eye and that's certainly the case at Cocotte. For somewhere that could have skimped on design (their takeaway delivery service is big business for them), they did right not to. I was a big fan of their simple yet effective design. The wooden walls may have transported me to something of an alpine lodge but the leaf prints and fresh flowers were nice touches, adding a sprinkle of homeliness to the place.
A final point to add: whether you need to or not, I'd flamin'go visit the loos if you're into your jazzy wallpaper... which yes, indeed I am.
WHAT WE DRANK:
Riviera Spritz - Peach, Belsazar white, rose wine, angustura, lime juice
Havana Spritz - Antartica, mint, lime, lemon, slim tonic, angustura
WHAT WE ATE:
Mains - Half chicken to share - All the sauces - Roasted Sweet Potatoes - Mashed Potato - Nini's Side Salad (broccoli, broad beans, green beans, basil, mushrooms)
To finish - Coconut, Vanilla & Mango Mochi
Healthy lunches - Post-workout fuel (it is the gym bunny neighbourhood after all!) - Pre-Pay Day dinner - Catch-up with friends - Family Outing
NEED TO KNOW:
95 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UW