Earlier in the week I’d met with a friend for a quick bite to eat. She picked Côte having been recently and really enjoying it. Although this is a very well established chain, it was one that I’d never really thought about going to.
We arrived at 1pm to the bustling Market Place branch and were quickly seated. The gold leaf & mirrored walls reminded me of a true French brasserie, rather charming, albeit from a chain!
Our drinks order’s were taken quickly and my spiced tomato juice was delightful. We decided to order from the set menu – £11.70 for two courses & £13.65 for three. Our friendly-ish waitress took our order quickly and before we knew it, our soups arrived.
The Potato, Leek & Celeriac soup was very slightly lacking on the seasoning side but other than that it was thick & creamy, everything you’d want from a soup.
We waited a little while for our plates to be cleared and then started the wait for our mains. Given how quickly our starters arrived, we obviously assumed the mains would be just as quick.
Fifteen long minutes later we were still waiting….
Our mains finally arrived & I must admit, I was slightly underwhelmed by the look of the food I’d received.
My roast seabass fillet with creamed leeks & mushrooms was just that. Seabass (check), leeks (check), mushrooms (check). Luckily I was pre warned that the portion wasn’t the largest & so I’d ordered some creamed spinach.
In all honesty the fish was well cooked, crispy skin & soft flesh. The leeks & mushrooms worked well together whilst the seasoning was spot on. But I was glad that I’d ordered a side dish as it made the dish slightly more wholesome.
Whilst we were going to order dessert, the sheer amount of time it took for our mains to arrive meant there was no time for dessert – possibly a good thing given that my wedding functions start in exactly one month!
Other than feeling very slightly cheated by the set menu, it is most definitely good value so one can’t really complain. Having skimmed the rest of the menu, I am certainly not against going back to give something else a try!