Coupettes are generally very small, dainty glasses, used for desserts, aperitifs, or prawn cocktails.
But somehow, this one can also hold a ream of cocktails, a wine cellar, a Champagne collection, a smorgasbord of French regional cuisine and a Full French Breakfast.
It might have something to do with the fact that it comes from a Marvel-worthy line up of superbartenders – it’s a project from former head bartender at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar, Chris Moore, bolstered by a head bartender poached from the Redwood rum bar in Lyon, Franck Dedieu, and an assistant manager (also a former head bartender) from 69 Colebrooke Row, Dan Schofield.
Those bartenders are working behind a beautiful bar covered entirely in 10p pieces in different states of wear – perfectly complementing the bare brick walls, and art deco lighting – and it’s from behind that bar that they’ll be making,
And the Lyonnaise connection is particularly fitting here, as the place focuses on bringing French drinks into the spotlight (especially at the bi-monthly tasting nights known as the Calvados Club, when producers and growers will fly over from France to personally guide you through these regional gems).
On the menu, you’ll find Champagne from small-scale growers, vermouths, and calvados worked into cocktails like the Apples (made of calvados and er, ‘carbonated pressed apples’), and Champagne piña coladas (exactly what it sounds like), and truffled white negronis. They’ve also got an impressively selected wine list alongside a fleet of French ciders. Just in case. Then there’s,
First off, there’s literally an entire menu devoted to the mighty croque monsieur, as well as larger, classically French dishes like confit duck leg and chicken liver parfait, and boards of cheese and charcuterie. And for the truly ravenous, there’s a Full French breakfast on weekends; comprising smoked eel, truffled scrambled eggs, boudin noir, Lyonnaise onions and oven-baked eggs.
Which sounds like more than an oeuf.
NOTE: Coupette is open daily, 11am-11pm. You can find out more at their website right HERE.
Coupette | 423 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN
Still hungry? Check out Paradise Garage next door…