'Robust French flavours, cheery continental vibes and brilliant value for money' - Good Food Guide
A name that’s synonymous with exquisite French dining in London, Côte Brasserie has made its mark on the UK’s culinary scene. Widely known for their authentic French specialities and fantastic service, the restaurant has a reputation that’s hard to surpass. From inside Côte Brasserie’s charming location on St Martin’s Lane in the heart of Covent Garden, the team at this acclaimed French restaurant bring decades of expertise to bear on Côte’s distinctive brand of continental dining. If you’d like to treat yourself to an enchanting meal at Côte Brasserie, be sure to reserve your table well in advance.
It’s without any wonder that Côte Brasserie has become the huge success it is today. With a reputation that’s known both in London and throughout the UK, Côte Brasserie has consistently earned the highest marks in presentation, taste and service since the restaurant’s establishment back in 2007. Despite the restaurant’s commitment to only using the best gourmet ingredients, Côte Brasserie’s prices remain affordable, making it the ideal destination right in the centre of London’s Covent Garden for those who enjoy dining without exorbitant price tags.
The offerings at Côte Brasserie on Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Lane are classically French, ranging from hearty favourites like beef bourguignon to seafood specialities including mussels with white wine sauce. We recommend beginning with Côte Brasserie’s tuna carpaccio before diving into mains like the seasonal rump of lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes, English asparagus and mint Hollandaise. If you like a good cut of beef, you can’t go wrong with their 30-day aged 10oz rib-eye cooked to perfection with a side of bearnaise sauce or roquefort butter. Open for breakfast every day of the week and also offering a variety of fantastic desserts, Côte Brasserie sets the stage for any occasion – let yourself be whisked away from London to France at this charming Covent Garden brasserie.
I ordered grilled sea bass and Ratatouille plus boiled new potatoes. The fish was a bit flabby and tasted slightly rubbery. The Ratatouille absolutely delicious and seemed freshly made. I explained to the waitress I didn't like the fish, (it was fresh just not good). She offered to change it but I decided I'd just go with a plate of Ratatouille and the potatoes. They dealt with the problem very well and in a friendly manner. The new plate of Ratatouille arrived with Rockette on the side. The manager came to see everything was then ok. She told me that they wouldn't be charging me for the lunch at all. The restaurant was clean and had a good atmosphere. They accommodated my diet issues as well and the food was served without any dairy products as requested.
This was our second visit in 5 days - so you know that it must have been good. Food and value very good. Eveyone found their meals delicious. Service was fine, albeit slow because they are so busy. On the second occasion I watched our waiter rushing around, never having a moment to spare, even to talk to us at the table. When we went up for more more water the manager/ person in charge always seemed to anticipate with complete air of relaxation and charm. I suppose that comes with experience and why he has the job he has! But THEY ARE BUSY - so, if you are going for a theatre performance, would recommend at least 2 hours. Long queue for ladies' toilets added to the stress of having to get somewhere on time.
We were having a pre-theatre meal but chose one course from the a la carte rather than more courses from the set menu due to the lack of time. We both ordered pork belly and were disappointed. The top was very tough to cut through and I had to request a steak knife which still had a job cutting through it. We were welcomed and shown to our table well and the service, bearing in mind it was one course, was fine until we wanted to pay the bill and the waitress seemed to ignore the fact that we had a credit card down and wanted to pay and went to take payment from anyone else apart from us! We had to leave to go to the theatre so I had to call another waitress and insist that they allowed us to pay straightaway. Food and payment issues were disappointing but general service and restaurant were fine. Not a patch on your Sloane Square branch though which is always excellent!