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Coquine (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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160 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, SW5 0RA
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Tel: 020 7341 7678 | Email to Coquine | Transport: South Kensington | Write review

Coquine Review

There are many upmarket bars, pubs and restaurants to visit on the Old Brompton Road, but none appear to have the panache or style of new kid on the block, Coquine.

Designed by the famous and award winning designer, Lee Broom, Coquine conjures feelings of cosy intimacy without veering away from the grown up class expected of a new-venture cocktail bar in a trendy part of town (think Parisian elegance, soft lighting, snug booths, royal blue tiling and rows upon rows of alcohol).

Now this is where I wax lyrical. The cocktails at Coquine were outstanding. I really only ever drink cocktails on holiday – which means that I’m used to leering Spanish waiters pulling a condom out of their pocket every time I go to ask for a ‘Sex on the Beach’ (granted, I don’t holiday in the classiest of resorts).

The cocktails at Coquine were something else. Rum, whisky, vodka, gin and tequila were all showcased in glasses of different heights and shapes and mixed expertly (mixologist Thierry Brocher oversees the bar) to create retro style party drinks.

Coquine is a remarkably adult venue but it isn’t afraid to indulge in childish pleasures. Case in point, some of the cocktails include ingredients such as Carambar-infused Belvedere vodka (Carambar is a sweet chewy French caramel candy) and another infused vodka that tasted distinctly of bubblegum.

We tried cocktails that tasted like refreshing summer drinks (see the ‘Midsummer Murder’ – Belvedere Pomarancza or apple vodka to you and I, with fresh kiwi and passion fruit, a slick of strawberry puree and a dash of ginger liqueur), like chocolate desserts (the ‘Raimu’ – Makers Mark whiskey shaken with coconut liqueur, dark cacao, Mozart chocolate liqueur and the zest of an orange – devilishly good) and even cocktails that tasted like our childhood, with Coquine’s aforementioned unique, signature bubblegum infused vodka (we drunk that straight, no questions asked).

For those watching their figure (and you can bet the majority of waif-like people on the trendy side of the Old Brompton Road watch their figure more than they watch their bank balances), Coquine even served ‘Slim Drinks’, drinks without any of the calorie-laden liqueurs thrown in. I think for girls like me that means I can have two or three (especially as the cocktails don’t set you back the earth at an average £8 for a cocktail and £10 for a champagne cocktail).

And thankfully, all the cocktails were served without any hint of innuendo.

The venue is part cocktail bar, part restaurant. Although it felt more cocktail bar than restaurant – we sat perched at the edge of the bar and watched in awe as the bartender mixed the cocktails – the food served at Coquine was nothing short of delicious.

The menu is impressive in a garish way: at best it is delightfully playful in its eccentricity; at worst it is confused fusion food. It seems the thing to do is order three or four plates for your starters as they are small tapas-style dishes. We tried the seared scallops, tender and soaked in a Chardonnay reduction. We wolfed down the three miniature meatball burgers, full of the flavour of red wine in a slightly cremated bun. We tasted the jerk chicken parcels, disappointingly lacking in spice but tasty nonetheless, and the tiger prawn tartine.

Each dish had been recommended to us by our waitress – a bubbly, glamorous woman more suited to walking catwalks than serving drinks/drunks. She showed her enthusiasm for the food herself, and even paired the cocktails with our dishes (we ended the evening with full fat flash-fried Oreo cookies and ice-cream, with a cocktail that tasted like a Tiramisu – could life get any better?!).

I should stop here. Sure, the main meal was substantial in size and flavoursome too and I didn’t even get a peak at the wine or beer list. But the aspects of Coquine I have mentioned (the delicious cocktails and the quirky finger food; the homely but trendy ambience; the friendly accommodating staff) are the things I loved about the place. The atmosphere was alive and the people surrounding me beautiful – cocktails at Coquine beats ‘Sex on the Beach’ in Benidorm hands down.
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Customer Reviews for Coquine

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Amazing! great food, superb cocktails, but the best is the combination of great food with electrifying atmosphere later on... what a find! coming back soon. LD”
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Lisa, London (7 years 8 months 2 days ago)

“Live close by and finally managed to make it on Saturday, agree with the above amazing little place and only 2 mins from home. I would say its a fun food menu, a little mixed but we really enjoyed it and you must try the fried Oreo so yummy. Def my new regular spot for now”
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Gloria Compton-Smith, Glouc (8 years 4 months ago)

“Wow! What an amazing place. Coquine is the epitomy of what London has best to give. The food is delightful, the drink list to die for and the service is second to none. From the moment we came in, we were taken care of with the utmost class. But most importantly, the crowd that goes there is St Tropez/St Moritz people. The kind of elite that you only find in very selected hotspots around the world. Go and enjoy the place, because at the moment, it is definitely the best that South Ken has to offer, if not the whole Chelsea/Kensington area. I am still buzzing from our evening there. Can't wait to go back!”
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John LeBlanc, London (8 years 4 months 4 days ago)

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Food

For instance, in the comfort bites section, there is a tomates farcies (£6) which is a dish that is quintessentially French. The other nibbles take on a more international look and include ballotines (£8.50), crostini (£5.50), fish finger tacos (£7) and steak tartare (£8).

The mains start at £9.50 for a Coquine salad and have other interesting dishes like a lobster BLT (£13.50), guinea fowl (£13.50) and a Madagascar steak (£21).

Updated 17/05/2010

Drinks

Coquine boasts a remarkable cocktail list at surprisingly affordable prices. Prices start at £7.50 for another French-inspired element to the menu - the Carambar Martini. There is a section on the menu called slim drinks which are made with fresh ingredients and no liqueurs, so if you are on a diet but still want to enjoy a drink, then this section is designed for you. Costing between £8-£8.50, they are all fruit based and very refreshing. The Sunny Side Up (£8) has vodka, fresh mango, lime, lychee juice and edible glitters, exactly what a girl needs when she’s counting the calories, a bit of sparkly fun.

Updated 17/05/2010

Coquine Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 1:00am Friday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am Saturday: 11:30am - 1:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am Sunday: 11:30am - 1:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am    

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