3 of us had a great meal today at Westerman’s Coq’Rico in the heart of Montmartre, wading through two different walking tours to gain entrance to the restaurant, as it is directly across the street from the Moulin de la Galette and the Passe-Muraille which we all have photos of somewhere. We were the 1st to arrive so had the opportunity to inspect the premises which are divided into three sections; the main seating area, to the right, counter seating in front of the rotisserie and a room in the back with one large table in front of the wine storage which would be fine for a large group. The place filled up by the time our bird was served, but the noise level never got uncomfortable.
There is a very reasonable daily special for each day of the week and today it was chicken sausage which I am reasonably sure would be delicious, but I don’t go to dine with M. Westerman to eat chicken sausage. Instead there was a whole Bresse chicken on offer for three or four people done before your eyes on the rotisserie for a little over €90 which comes with sides of frites (fine ones) and a gratin of macaroni that was light years better than Kraft’s mac & cheese and a green salad. I have read countless treatises on how different species of chicken should be cooked and some experts in chickenology state that Bresse birds do not lend themselves well to roasting, but I don’t know how any bird could come out with anymore beautifully golden crunchy skin and moist breast meat than this one…the chef knows his way around a rotisserie. It is presented whole then cut into sections for serving with a cup of the jus for good measure. I would have dipped my bread in it except the butter served was too excellent to leave unused. The three of us left nothing but bones.