Last week The Handbook headed over to Canary Wharf to get stuck into some seriously good chicken over at Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs.
The restaurant has enviable views out over the river, (want the best view? Ask for table number 61 upstairs) and is made up of booths and small tables downstairs with room for larger groups and private parties upstairs.It’s all very sleek with dark tones and low lights. Some of the chairs have come all the way from the Eiffel Tower –and yet it is still warming and with cheeky photos of chickens with outrageous hair dos.
When we arrived on a Wednesday the restaurant was quite empty apart from a sprinkling of tables, which was a shame when the chain restaurant 20 metres away was crowded and serving up the same food you can find on almost every London street. We say walk past that restaurant and head to Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs.
The menu is well priced if a little limited in options. There were just three starters, a poultry liver terrine, a salad or the special charcuterie board. We opted for the salad, which was a large portion and whilst it was pleasant, it was lacking something it needed more dressing. The special charcuterie board was, however, delicious and if it is still on when you go down definitely worth ordering.
We followed this with half a roast chicken each which they roast in front of you on their custom-crafted rôtissoires. The chicken is then carved in front of you on a trolley, and oh was the chicken good. Served with just their secret sauce and garlic mushrooms, the chicken needed nothing else. It was succulent, perfectly cooked and the skin was so full of flavour. It really was a case of more is less, it was simple but perfectly cooked.
We followed this with the house profiteroles, the choux pastry was light and crisp and the dark chocolate sauce was rich and indulgent. But I was surprised to find that they weren’t filled with cream but rather ice cream, it didn’t detract from the taste, they were lovely, just not what you expect when you order profiteroles. We also had to order the dark chocolate fondant pudding, it was very rich and decadent rather than being super sickly or sweet, this is definitely a grown up chocolate pudding!
With great staff, brilliant décor and chicken to match Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs is one of the those restaurants which are a little off the beaten track but worth the detour.