Dinner at Côte Brasserie, Bath

Côte Brasserie is a restaurant chain well known for its relaxed, all-day dining & classic French food menus. Their Bath location is conveniently situated at the back of Milsom Place and has abundant indoor and outdoor seating with a quaint, romantic ambiance. 

We ordered a bottle of rosé wine whilst we were deciding on food. We decided to go for ‘Love’ by Léoube, a limited edition wine from Côte’s ‘Summer of Rosé’ collection. It had a delightful light salmon colour and was dry, crispy and fruity, however it also had a slight metallic taste to it. [£34.95 for a bottle] 

For nibbles (aka ‘hors d’oeuvres’), we tried out the Fougasse [£5.50] 

It's the French (more specifically, Provençal) version of garlic bread with an interesting leaf shape. It was the perfect amount for two as a starter or four as a snack. It was not bad but needed some more garlic flavour to make it really delicious. 

We were also tempted by their starters, so we ordered one each. Both starters were presented on rustic wood boards, and we were delightedly surprised by the generous portions. 

Chicken liver parfait [£6.95] 

The chicken liver parfait is rich and creamy. It was nicely balanced by the watercress salad and apple chutney. The crispy sourdough baguette also made a great contrast. 

Calamari [£6.95] 

Beautifully coated in crispy breadcrumbs under a bed of minced garlic, the calamari is served with tartare sauce and a lemon wedge. We loved it! The minced garlic is a great touch and goes with the calamari perfectly. 

We ordered two main dishes, with two sides to share. 

Beef bourguignon [£16.95] 

A rich and passionate dish. Slow-cooked for six hours, the beef melts in your mouth and was bursting with rich, savoury flavours. We were also greatly impressed by the potato purée which was perfectly creamy! 

7oz Fillet steak [£22.50] 

This was cooked exactly as we asked it to be (medium), and came with a light & crispy char and a pink interior. It was juicy & good value. The peppercorn sauce was the cherry on top! 

Green salad & tomato salad [£3.50 each] 

Both of these were presented beautifully and added a nice freshness to our main dishes. 

Moving onto desserts...

Mess aux fruits rouges [£6.50] 

This was the best dish of our meal. It was a lovely twist on the classic Eton mess, without the overbearing sweetness. Just as the name suggests, different red berries are delicately mixed with Chantilly cream and meringue. It was heavenly. 

Praline crêpes [£6.50] 

A warm and welcoming dessert with lots of smooth praline and chocolate, deliciously accompanied by caramelised bananas. Ideal for those with a sweet tooth! 

Overall, we were pleased with our meal at Côte Brasserie. Our waiters were attentive and polite and the evening definitely slid away more quickly than we expected! It's also dog and child friendly, and caters for diners with all dietary requirements with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options clearly indicated on the menu. 

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Written by Lydia Sun