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Le Coq de l’Est: A favourite rotisserie in Tétreaultville

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Open since 2015, Le Coq de l’Est is a small gem in Tétreaultville where you can savour a delicious roast chicken in a comforting and warm atmosphere.

Vanessa Beeching (ex Pied de Cochon) and Omar Zabuair (ex Liverpool House and Joe Beef) are the charming duo behind this beautiful project in the east end of the city. The two owners wanted to establish themselves far from the high concentration of restaurants in the centre of Montreal. “It was both a question of budget and not wanting to be with all the people. We thought that if we were going to start a restaurant, we would cook for a neighbourhood with something smaller,” says Vanessa.

It is thus in a simple and effective concept of neighbourhood rotisserie that Omar and Vanessa welcome their friendly customers. Their restaurant was named in honour of the former rotisserie that occupied the location; in fact, the duo deliberately preserved the friendly vintage sign that announces their presence on Hochelaga Street. “Everyone likes to eat chicken! We wanted to offer a different version of rotisserie while keeping a comforting spirit. Omar brings his own flavours by incorporating a Pakistani touch with tandoori spices.”

The space at Le Coq de l’Est is unpretentious and very warm. Entirely designed by Vanessa and Omar, it seats 35 people. Unusual and original objects – including many roosters! – adorn the walls of the room, giving it a simple, convivial, and relaxed atmosphere.

Where the restaurant particularly shines is in the dishes that chef Omar prepares for you. The short menu is inspired by the traditional rotisserie menu while reinventing it with a personal touch, reminiscent of the flavours of his childhood. Some of the great delights on offer include the excellent roast chicken and the succulent chicken poutine – some of the best in town! A few other dishes, such as the delicious fried ribs, the good salads, and the house fries, are the perfect accompaniment to these two specialties. Everything here is reminiscent of the comfort of a good rotisserie, but in a more upscale version, and very well executed. To finish the meal in all simplicity, Le Coq de l’Est offers an exquisite chocolate cookie!

While the menu has remained fairly consistent, Omar frequently offers daily specials to introduce new dishes to his loyal clientele. Inspired by the mood of the moment or the seasons, the chef will propose, for example, a tandoori fried chicken one day or a curried hot chicken the next.

To drink, the establishment proposes a short and accessible menu, set up to accompany the delicious roasted chicken and the other dishes of the house. Beers and a few choices of red and white wines are offered, while Vanessa also prepares good cocktails inspired by classic recipes.

“What I like about Le Coq de l’Est is the conviviality with the local customers. I know them by their first name! The human contact is the big advantage of running a small neighbourhood restaurant. It’s great to have a recognized identity; when people want chicken, they come here! It’s really great,” says Vanessa.

Le Coq de l’Est is an address to discover. A place to eat and drink well, with all the comfort and simplicity of a good local rotisserie. Note, during the holiday season, the address is open on the 1st day of the new year!


Photography by Alison Slattery



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