loti eats | cocotte

We were sad to see 8 Hoxton Square shut up shop but we managed to get over it pretty quickly once we hot-footed it down to Cocotte, which has flown into roost from Notting Hill. Like the original, the Hoxton Cocotte is all about the chicken – free-range chickens sourced directly from an independent farm in the Loire Valley, marinated in a blend of herbs and spices for 24 hours and cooked on a traditional rotisserie to be precise. Nandos this is not.

That succulent spit-roasted meat obviously takes centre stage at Cocotte but the sauces, salads and sides are where you can really pimp your meal. There’s two ways you can go here. One is down the healthy route with a couple of their salads – we tried both the tomato and burrata, and the fig, rocket and blue cheese ones but there are also some more substantial salads with grains in, so you’ll definitely feel full.

Or you can be way more indulgent by going for the carbs – the mash is really good, especially with some of the chicken gravy on it, but the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese is a winner. They also do a mean truffle mayo if you want a double hit. Also since the dessert list is small, you can totally go hard on the sides. That’s our excuse anyway.

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The Hoxton site has the added benefit of an outside terrace overlooking the square, so if you can bag a spot here with a spritz or crisp glass of French wine, it’s winner winner chicken dinner.

8 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU