A leader in fast-casual dining for almost 45 years, Colombia-based Kokoriko adheres to its traditional, high-quality flavors and secret family recipes. Known for its all-time favorite rotisserie chicken, the company currently has 110 locations throughout Colombia. Kokoriko is the largest rotisserie chicken chain and, according to recent studies, the one with the mayor brand recognition and preference by consumers.
Kokoriko, Colombia’s wildly-successful chain of restaurants specializing in rotisserie chicken, has partnered with veteran restaurateur and renowned chef Richard Sandoval to expand Kokoriko into the U.S. market with the launch of Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie.
For the new brand, Sandoval – respectful of Kokoriko’s heritage – has developed a menu that both honors its 45-year history and modernizes its concept and flavor profiles
The company’s conviction has always been to give people a reason to unite around a dining table, so when Chef Sandoval, who is considered “The Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine,” was introduced to Kokoriko during a culinary excursion to Colombia, he fell in love with Kokoriko’s high-quality, affordable food. In fact, Kokoriko’s rustic Colombian flavors so strongly captured Sandoval’s attention that he decided he needed to be part of the company’s expansion into the United States. At the same time, the company was eager to bring Kokoriko to North America and he was the perfect chef to partner the expansion.
With Sandoval’s vision to create a chef-driven, modern interpretation of Kokoriko (a generic term for rotisserie chicken in Colombia) he keeps true to the essence of what makes Colombian diners have such an emotional bond to this chain of restaurants. For Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie, Sandoval has taken Kokoriko’s traditional recipes, including the original secret chicken marinade, and infused them with the vibrant flavors of Latin America
Slow-cooked to perfection on an open rotisserie, Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie’s free-range, all-natural chicken it’s being marinated for at least 48 hours in both the original and chef’s signature marinade – a blend of Kokoriko’s secret marinade, mixed with Chef Sandoval’s blend of achiote and seasonings from country’s like Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru.
Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie’s menu – with an average check of $20 per person – will feature a selection of chicken specialties and Latin American comfort foods and signature dishes, including a juicy, grilled half boneless chicken “churrasco,” and Sandoval’s twist on a popular Venezuelan dish, corn cachapas pancakes – available plain or with a cheese and tomato jam filling.
A Colombian-style creamy potato and chicken soup, ajiaco, will be made with capers, corn and avocado, while sides will include yucca fries with citrus mojo, crushed baby potato with truffle chimichurri, creamy aji amarillo cole slaw, and Latin-style corn on the cob with creamy chipotle sauce and queso fresco
For their flagship 3,000 square foot Miami location, Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie’s selected a place housed on the street level of the Axis building- South Tower in Brickell. The restaurant accommodates 78 guests in the dining room and 76 in the patio area friendly for pets and available smoking section.
To ensure that Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie’s’s interior design is consistent with the brand’s style, a focal-point of the dining room is the open-kitchen with a rotisserie oven. Here, designers have incorporated recycled materials and the craftsmanship of local artisans, such as walls covered in reclaimed wood from barns and brick, reminiscent of Colombia’s countryside.