Restaurant review of the Atlanta restaurant, The Cockentrice, in the Krog Market.
The Cockentrice is in the Krog Market, next to the Spotted Trotter. The restaurant itself is a clean, open space with an open kitchen. Chairs and tables are wooden and simple. The restaurant is somewhat dark and can be noisy if crowded
The basis of The Cockentrice is meat. The name comes from the Middles Ages when cooks would make unique dishes by sewing two different animals together to form a “new” creature. It was often a pig and capon. This is definitely a meat centric restaurant although the vegetables are sublime. When seated you will be given two menus. One will list the daily Charcuterie including meats and cheeses. On the back is a cocktail menu. The other menu is the full dinner menu with snacks, vegetables and appetizers, the daily Cockentrice, daily flatbread, Fish & Shellfish and Beef, Pork, Pasta.
Start with the charcuterie. It is well worth it. Be prepared, it is rather a large quantity of food beautifully served on a wooden board. The one below has Lomo, Bacon Butter and Zamorano Cheese. This is accompanied with pickled vegetables, four types of mustard, sprouts and bread. This could be a meal in itself. The Zamorano cheese is served with a touch of honey and was spectacular. I also enjoyed the Lomo accompanied by the pickled vegetables. It was a nice contrast of acid and succulence. The bacon butter was decent, but not spectacular. I would have actually liked more bacon flavor.
If you love dates, do not miss the Chorizo Stuffed Dates. They are stuffed with pork belly and wrapped in bacon and are simply sublime. Our waiter also talked us into the wedge salad, and I am so glad he did. The iceberg lettuce is served with a whipped gorgonzola cheese, pickled shallots and crispy pancetta. We shared one portion.
The only disappointment in the evening was the “Cockentrice” itself. This was described as duck wrapped in pork fat but it tasted more like a meatball with little duck flavor. The dish was beautifully presented but not something I would have again.
Service: Our waiter was excellent. I prefer a waiter that will give their opinion when asked about dishes. He talked us out of a more expensive appetizer and suggested the wedge salad instead. He was able to give very specific reasons why he suggested certain dishes over others, and how they would all correlate with each other for a well-rounded meal. It did appear they could use more staff. The staff was obviously working hard and quickly, but were having a hard time keeping up.
A full bar is available along with wine and beer. I thoroughly enjoyed my cocktail.
Dietary/Allergy: The menu lists a GF next to all food that is gluten-free. It was on at least half of the menu. A “V” is listed next to any dish that can be cooked vegetarian. The menu asks that you alert your server to any food allergies.
Perfect for: Casual evening out with friends, work dinner, some families. If you child is an adventurous eater, than I would take them. We did see a few children at the restaurant. There is not a children’s menu that I am aware of. We could easily take our daughter there as she is a huge fan of charcuterie. She would be happy for that as her meal.
Address: 99 Krog St, Ste V, Atlanta, GA 30307 (470) 428-2733
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 3pm
Dinner Tuesday – Thursday 6pm to 11pm, Friday – Saturday 6pm to 12pm, Sunday 6pm to 9pm
Parking: Valet parking is available at the Krog Street Market
Price: Entrées range from $15 to $38
Overall: Very enjoyable evening. Even though the ending dish was not a stunner, the rest of the meal was. I would happily go back. ♥♥♥♥ out of 5.