So… what’s the secret? It could be the location? It’s feasible, especially as those not in the know would be forgiven for thinking Westferry Circus was in Croydon. But no, on this occasion the secret in question is the ‘special sauce’ used on the restaurant’s staple, rotisserie chicken. This is Le Secret’s USP, but certainly not its best feature.
The fabled location in question has one of the best views along the DLR line; being planted on banks of the Thames the city skyline is something to savour while dining and if panoramic views aren’t your thing you can take a seat inside this classily designed restaurant and stare at the rotisserie.
If you’re hankering for a slow roasted bird this Isle of Dogs eatery is the place to be. Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs message is healthy chicken born from a French method that dates back to 1248. The traditional image that the restaurant hopes to portray is even seen in the decor. Booths, green glass lampshades, brass and wood furnishings make this a stomping ground the Rat Pack would be proud of.
The menu is limited, purposely leaving the limelight to the birds, and with good reason. You’ll forget about the poultry liver terrine and classic French salad starters as soon as the plates are taken away, while the slow cooked rotisserie chicken carved in front of you is soft, delicious and about as far away from Nandos as life in Canary Wharf is from the real world.
The ‘secret sauce’ with the chicken was… different. The fragrant green coloured offering packed full of herbs and butter wasn’t this diner’s bag, although I was indifferent rather than repulsed.
On the weekend you have the choice of a guest meat. On this occasion it was a quality cut of lamb served with a rich pot of gravy. Desserts of steamed traditional almond cakes were a light, capable sweet.
Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs main pull for me is its choice of cheese and wines. Cheeses are sourced from specialist La Fromagerie, whilst wines are exclusively imported from Bordeaux. You’ll find many a different grape here, and you won’t go wrong with a Château Clauzet 2007. If it wasn’t £39 a bottle it would be my drink of choice, every night.
Cuisine Type: French
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £58 (3 courses)
Wine: from £21.90 a bottle
Le Secret Des Rôtisseurs
37 Westferry Circus
London, E14 8RR
Tel: 0207 719 0950