Bringing talent together can produce wondrous results: Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" was a timeless song about desperation and hope, and Bowie and Jagger's "Dancing in the Streets" cover was a timeless song about desperation and, allegedly, queens. Now bringing together bar and resto savants, Coquine
Opened today by restaurateur Zack Barakat and bar maestro Dipak Panchal, Coquine presents a French bistro on the first floor and and a cocktail lounge on the second, with a low-lit, old-school Parisienne "blue petrol" theme throughout, including a magnificently decorated ceiling, and vast Rococo paintings depicting life among the leisurely classes (you know, like religious studies).
The tapas-centric menu starts with "Comfort Bites" like pancetta-wrapped scallops, miso black cod skewers, and Fish Finger Tacos, then moves up to "Mains" including the sirloin Coquine Burger (w/ crispy bacon and emmental), an herb-crusted rack of lamb, and the Lobster BLT; dessert's highlighted by the Flash-fried Oreo with French Vanilla ice cream, marking the world's first example of French/Glaswegian fusion.
Ganging up on your liver are signature cocktails like the Caprice (Malabar infused Belvedere, strawberry puree, passion fruit, raspberry liqueur), the Balsamico (Bombay Sapphire, apple, Framboise, strawberries, lemon, sugar, grapefruit, Galliano Balsamico, w/ soda top), and a Belvedere/apple vodka/pain d'epice syrup/creme de peche/apple juice/fresh peach number named "The Pain D'epice" -- finally, a chance to say "Bring the Pain" without someone spiking your own apples.
For lighter bites, there's also a downstairs raw bar serving decidedly non-French sushi such as Cali rolls and lobster, chicken, or "Coqine" (King prawn/avo/crab) maki. Thurs-Sun after 10, the lounge will start throbbing with DJs, putting you under pressure to dance, and thus putting the bouncers under pressure to put you out on the street.