One of the most anticipated restaurants in Krog Street Market is The Cockentrice. Chef Kevin Ouzts already had a loyal fan base built in with The Spotted Trotter. Check out this artsy food.
Luckily for me, I visited on a beautiful spring evening and was able to take full advantage of the patio. Although the interior of The Cockentrice is pretty itself, with a view of the open kitchen no matter where you sit, I couldn’t resist the lovely patio.
While The Cockentrice seems to have a complex cocktail list, there wasn’t much on it that appealed to me. I did choose the vodka-based Harlequin. While it certainly was pretty, it was a little too sweet for me. I much prefer the cocktails next door at Craft Izakaya.
Moving on to wine, there was a slight coolness in the air that made the patio perfect for sipping on a glass of red to warm me up a bit. Our server was kind enough to bring me many tastes, and it was a not-so-bold Cabernet that I found irresistible.
The Cockentrice’s menu is divided into charcuterie (meats and cheeses), a couple of appetizers and main entrees. While the mains were quite easy to pick out (a Sous Vide lamb loin and a Rabbit) it was the charcuterie that had me baffled. We settled on the Bresaola ($8), Prosciutto ($10) and Hot Trotter Mortadella. Served up with some delicious jam and olive-oil drizzled bread, dinner was off to a good start.
Oh and if you are a mushroom lover, this is the spot for you. Mushrooms seem to be mixed in with everything: Morels, Maitake and more! My lamb loin was prepared in the sous vide style and was every bit as tender and flavorful as I would have expected. While the rabbit preparation was on point, I disliked the infusion of Boursin into the entree. Instead of adding to it, it detracted from the rabbit.
Our server knew the menu inside and out and was very adept at making suggestions with cheeses, wine and entrees. Unfortunately, once our entrees arrived we barely saw her again. This happens quite often at restaurants, but I would not have expected this at The Cockentrice. While I certainly like to take my time to enjoy dinner, the long lags in between courses were a bit ridiculous. We arrived just around 7:30 and by the time we were getting up to leave it was 10:21.
For dessert there were two options: Bread Pudding and panna cotta. Both were forgettable. Don’t waste money on dessert. Meat is the star of the show here.
99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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