Review: Côte Brasserie

If anyone asks me for recommendations for places to eat in Exeter, I  always susuggest is Côte Brasserie. I have dined there at least 12 times and they are consistently amazing. We have visited for lunch, dinner, for reviews and for pleasure, and have never experienced food less than perfect. These days it seems some places can be really hit and miss, and the food can really vary depending on the time of day or chef, so to be able to be consistently amazing really is a great achievement! 

According to their website Côte is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, championing relaxed all-day dining and serving authentic French classics made from great quality, fresh ingredients. The Exeter Côte is located in the city centre with incredible views of the cities famous Cathedral and surrounding green. We visited on a Monday evening and were lucky enough to have a window seat

With some freshly baked sourdough baguette and butter to keep us going, we both agreed to try something we have never eaten there before,

My boyfriend just couldn't resist ordering his trademark calamari! Of all the calamari in all the restaurants he's had, he confirmed once again that Côte is his favourite. Beautifully breadcrumbed squid sautéed in garlic, lemon and parsley with tartare sauce that's cooked so well and full of flavour.

I went for something totally different to my favourite chicken liver Parfait and chose French onion soup after learning about it on one of the cooking shows I like to watch! I always assumed it was just a plain onion soup, but it's usually based on meat stock and often served with croutons and melted cheese. The Côte version is a rustic French onion soup with a sourdough croûte and melted Comté cheese. It looked so good I didn't want to tuck in!

The soup was so rich and flavoursome and went so perfectly with the croûton and delicious melted cheese. The only downside is that I somehow managed to make a complete mess eating it!

Nick chose a 30 day aged grain fed ribeye steak served chargrilled with frites and peppercorn sauce made with green peppercorn, cognac and cream. The cook was cooked exactly to his medium rare request and was succulent and full of flavour.

The specials menu tempted me with 'Poulet Roti' which is bacon wrapped chicken suprême sautéed with thyme and sage, served with roasted Jerusalem artichokes, baby spinach and a wholegrain mustard sauce. The chicken was really succulent and the bacon was nice and crispy, the Jerusalem artichikes tasted quite similar to slightly hard new potatoes and went well with the spinach and sauce. I ordered some gratin potato which was brought to the table bubbling hot.

We're gutted that we were too full to have dessert (I blame the soudough baguette appetiser!) but we were satisfied and full.  The service was prompt and efficient the whole evening, earning Côte another 5 star review.

To find your nearest Côte check out their website

Food ***** Service ***** Atmosphere *****

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