Last week I visited the newly opened Cote, in Newcastle, and while sitting in the boutique-like restaurant my tastebuds were whisked away to the brasseries of Paris. Inspired by the relaxed, all-day dining of brasseries and bistros in Paris, Cote serves authentic French cuisine coupled with an intimate, laid-back atmosphere. With restaurants located all over the country, Cote already has an impeccable reputation for offering top-quality dishes with the dining experience to suit. I’ve never have the pleasure of taste-testing Cote before, until now, so I was pretty excited to see how this restaurant was shaping up the dining scene of Newcastle.
From glancing at its a la carte menu, it’s clear Cote’s commitment lies in producing authentic French dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients. Starters come in the form of French onion soup, chicken liver parfait and warm roquefort salad to name but a few. I sampled some of the calamari and crab mayonnaise, both of which were delicious. The calamari was light and crisp, while the crab was tender. I especially loved the crab, as the sprinkling of tarragon gave it a kick which only left me wanting more.
Whenever I dine out, I always venture towards the steak, however, with so much fresh seafood on offer I was definitely taking this chance to have something different. For mains I went for the roast seabass fillet served with braised fennel and a Champagne beurre blanc with chives and tomato concasse. When my main was served I was surprised to find such a generous portion on my plate: two beautiful strips of of seabass with a lavish helping of fennel wedged between. Both the seabass and fennel were cooked to perfection, as they just fell apart when I cut into them, and the creamy sauce was the ideal finishing touch as it complemented the flavours and textures of the dish.
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a dessert kind-of-girl, and while the creme brulee is a house special I chose the dark chocolate mousse. Dark, indulgent and completely delicious, this mousse was light, fluffy and creamy. As soon as I finished I was wishing I could of ate the whole thing again.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t sample anything from the vast selection of wines Cote has to offer as I was driving, however, I was lucky enough to be gifted with two bottles – one red, one white – for me to enjoy at home. Since my visit I have has few glasses from each – it would have been rude not to – and I’ve found the wine to be to my liking. My palate has changed over the last few months, and I now favour red wine just as much as white, and while the white is refreshing the red is intense and full of flavour.
Overall, I can see why Cote has built such an outstanding reputation, as everything from the service to the food, and the restaurant itself, the whole experience was incredible. I think it’s the perfect place for a romantic date night, or a sophisticated catch up with friends. I can’t wait to go back and sample more of its menu.
If you fancy like trying it for yourself, if you visit during the festive period and order from its Christmas menu then you’ll get the chance to enjoy a complimentary bottle of Cremant de Bourgogne when you book at Cote.
Have you been to a Cote restaurant before? Have you tried French cuisine before? What do you usually order when you dine out?
Sarah Jayne x