This week on a wet Monday night my partner Steve and I took a cab into Cambridge and wandered along Bridge Street in search of a place for dinner. We checked out menus at several different eateries to see what tickled our taste-buds before deciding to give Côte Brasserie a try. Although we usually avoid chain restaurants I had heard good things, and this place is very popular with both locals and tourists, so it’s usually busy and we were lucky to be shown to a table in the window.
After a friendly reception the service was professional and attentive throughout. We were served with chilled water and offered menus without delay. We chose from the à la carte menu which is extensive and reasonably priced, and drank Meteor French beer, which was new to us. Meteor is from one of the last independent, family owned breweries in France, and we found it light and refreshing with plenty of taste.
After much deliberation I finally chose a rich dairy-heavy selection of dishes, starting with Pissaladière (a traditional flatbread with caramelised onions and melted Reblochon cheese with thyme), followed by Spinach and Mushroom crêpes (complete with creamy gruyère cheese sauce). When it came to a dessert I failed to resist the Côte Speciality Crème Caramel, – traditional set vanilla pod custard with dark caramel and cream, so I wasn’t too concerned about my high cholesterol tonight then!
Steve chose Moules, (mussels cooked with white wine, garlic, shallots, parsley and fresh cream) for his starter. Followed by a 10oz Sirloin served with Roquefort Butter, (Normandy butter with Roquefort cheese) for his main, and for dessert he enjoyed the cheeseboard – Roquefort, Reblochon and Comté cheeses served with bread and grapes, and he treated himself to a glass of Quinta Do Castro Port.
This modern, *all-day French brasserie chain, serves regional specialities and traditional classics, so if you enjoy classic French food, in comfortable surroundings, with a generous selection of dishes, then Côte is for you. Coupled with a great atmosphere and friendly service, this superb affordable and well-presented food made me want to return to try breakfast and lunch! We paid £25 a head for 3 courses from the à la carte menu on this occasion, (without drinks).
I noticed in particular that their Lunch and Pre-Theatre Menu, which is available Monday to Friday, 12 noon to 7pm for Two Courses 10.95 or Three Courses 12.95 is exceptional value. Highly recommended.
*Opening times: Monday to Friday 8am – 11pm Saturday 9am – 11pm Sunday 9am – 10.30pm
21-24 Bridge Street,
Tel: 01223 311053
Granny Apples waits for a taxi home after a most enjoyable meal at Cote Brasserie!