Saturday, 9 February 2019

Cocorico Patisserie, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff brunch review


I’m a big fan of Whitchurch Road’s Cocorico Patisserie.

Their refined take on afternoon tea is the best I’ve had in Cardiff.

Their macarons are my go to gift for Mrs G on any occasion.

And their swanky sandwiches, which include katsu chicken buns and reubens, are a cut above the usual egg mayo sarnie.


But, surprisingly, I’ve never visited Cocorico for brunch despite hearing great things time and time again.

So, when the mother-in-law suggested a visit for her birthday treat, I did a mini fist pump.

Alongside fresh pastries including pain au chocolat, croissants, jam stuffed doughnuts and bostocks (brioche with almonds), there’s an extensive brunch menu which includes sweetcorn and ricotta fritters, halloumi hash and smoked haddock bubble and squeak.   


An Americano was full of fragrance whilst freshly squeezed orange juice was the real deal. 


A hearty bowl of baked eggs (£7) was a big winter warmer of a dish. A comforting melange of tender sweet potato, lightly charred peppers, wilted spinach and soft onions were coated in tomato sauce and topped with a pair of fluffy broken eggs. 

 
Tender beans (£6.50) and soft sweet onions coated in a light and smokey tomato sauce were piled onto crusty toasted sourdough alongside a perfectly runny poached egg. An extra side of textbook smashed avocado (£1.50) added another layer of luxury to the plate. 


My Cocorico breakfast (£8) was a belter - everything on the plate was absolutely top quality. Crisp American-style streaky bacon and a warming spiced meaty merguez sausage were joined by smoky beans, a pair of poached eggs, lightly charred grilled tomato, portobello mushroom and toasted sourdough. The kicker was a sweet potato rosti made with perfectly crisped fronds of the root vegetable. 


With cakes and tarts of Cocorico’s calibre, their brunch dessert was not going to disappoint.

A mille-feuille was ridiculously good. Brilliantly crisp and flaky puff pastry was loaded with a supremely wobbly and egg rich custard topped with a layer of icing. If you like custard slices then you need this in your life. 


Brunch at Cocorico was absolutely delicious, good value and there’s an added bonus that they take table reservations too. If you looking for a tip-top brunch in Cardiff then I highly recommend it.

The Details:

Address - Cocorico Patisserie, 35 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff CF14 3JP
Web - http://www.cocoricopatisserie.co.uk/
Telephone - 02921 328 177

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