Le Coq Rules the Roost

Visited On: January 27, 2012
Gluten Free Menu: No
Server Knowledge:
Server Attitude: 1/2
Variety of Gluten-Free Options:
Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:
Price Range: $10-$25, plus drinks, tax, and tip

We’ve been sticking pretty close to home lately, between recovering from Christmas and saving up for our upcoming trip down South. However, last night we ventured out to the Everything to do With Sex show downtown, and what better place to grab a bite to eat beforehand than Bistro Le Coq?

Although it was a dark and stormy night, we really felt welcomed and at home on our first visit to this adorable French-style bistro. We were seated at a small table, graciously welcomed, and offered a cocktail menu. Once we’d chosen something to drink (a French martini for me, $8, and a coffee spiked with liqueur for Mike), we were offered the lunch and dinner menu as well as the wine menu.

I asked the server for recommendations, and she was quite helpful. Since they have been getting a lot of gluten-free requests, most of their sauces are now made with cornstarch instead of flour. She pointed out a few things that she did not recommend, and a few others that contained gluten but could be modified, and left us to ponder the menu. Although the menu is small, there is something for every taste and price range, with everything being French-focused. (It sounds silly to point that out, but many places try to be everything and end up being nothing.) Whether you want a plate of mussels to share, a cheese plate to munch on, a hearty meal, or a giant seafood platter to share, Bistro Le Coq has it all.

Our waitress returned a few minutes later, having checked with the chef, and added two more items to the list of things that I should avoid. We ended up settling on steak frites for me ($22) and chicken chasseur ($18) for Mike. In the meantime, we enjoyed our excellent drinks and the cozy atmosphere. The only faux pas our waitress made was when she brought a basket of bread to the table and sat it directly in front of me. (Mike kindly moved it and made it disappear quickly – he said it’s the best bread he’s had since being in France four years ago.)

Our meals arrived quite quickly and the smell was enough to set our taste buds watering. Mike’s chicken chasseur was accompanied by a variety of vegetables, and that too disappeared quite quickly. My steak was cooked to perfection, with shallots and a homemade butter on top. The fries were excellent, although a little less crisp than I expected. The truffle mayo that accompanied them was a delightful surprise; I don’t like mayonnaise and when I think of truffles I think of the chocolate kind, but this was a superb, rich blend that went very well with the frites.

It wasn’t long before we both cleaned our plates. Since we were in a hurry to meet friends at the show, we were going to skip dessert, but a passing dish of crème brulée changed our minds. Two of the desserts contained gluten; the other two, plus four kinds of ice cream, were gluten-free. We, of course, decided to share a crème brulée ($8). It came plated with raspberries and strawberries, but no biscuit. It, too, was delightful!

Overall, we were extremely impressed with Bistro Le Coq’s ability to serve those with gluten allergies. That, combined with the wonderful service, great atmosphere, and amazing food, means that we will definitely be returning again.

Bistro Le Coq
1584 Argyle Street (Downtown Halifax)
902-407-4564
Web Site: http://www.bistrocoq.ca/

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