The lovely Archers had arranged a gathering at the D&D Coq d’Argent restaurant situated up at the top of the 1 Poultry building.
It’s right in the heart of the city and has a great outdoor space up the top, which due to the winter season being upon us has been transformed into a ski chalet complete with furs draped across the chairs.
We started with a couple of cocktails in the bar which you could imagine in the week would be heaving with city workers looking for somewhere to wind down or impress their party members.
The menu is an extensive french array of wonderfully traditional dishes. Among the starters is the Crustaceans section offering lobster, crab, oysters to name a few. We started with a beautifully fresh hand picked South Devon cock crab salad with melba toast. The crab was tender and the star of the dish which in some cases you can find elements in the salad overpower it too much, but this was not the case.
Our other starter was the glazed pork cheek, red wine, truffle mousseline and crispy pigs ear. Tender meat which since it was a starter was the perfect size so as not to be too rich and ruin the rest of the food that was to come.
Tom couldn’t resist but go for the garlicky snails that proved rather fiddly as you were supplied with your utensils to get stuck in, think he may have been a little underwhelmed by the size and the lack of satisfaction at the end!
Now on for the mains, Lawrence and I had been eyeing up the grill section, double cuts of beef served between two. We plumped for the Cote de boeuf, 1kg of premium rib-eye on the bone served with pommes gaufrettes (crinkle crips), bordelaise and béarnaise sauce.
The waitress emerged with our huge dish of perfectly cooked medium-raw meat, once divvered up the plates were full and looked like there was going to be a feast upon our hands. The gratin dauphinois, green beans and pommes frites were circulated then we were set.
I wouldn’t expect a restaurant of this calibre to disappoint with the steak and they certainly didn’t, even if by the end of it, it was hard to breathe/move.
Although as always we had a look at the dessert menu and realised this could just about be squeezed in and I went for the Apple & Blackberry crumble.
Was yet a lovely meal with the Archers and the food was delicious, definitely worth a visit even if it’s just for the bar through winter to get into the Xmas spirit.