September 22, 2010

A few days ago I met a friend I haven’t seen for a while and we decided to try out a new place to celebrate our reunion 🙂
He suggested a pub in Soho but unfortunately it was hosting a private event that evening… Sad. However it will definitely be subject to a forthcoming visit (thus a review!) as it seemed very attractive from outside.

So we just walked randomly and felt back on Côte, a French restaurant in Wardour Street, a street we treasure!
You’re well welcomed by a smiling staff and the atmosphere is softened as we like.

We started with a pissaladière. Do you know that? Well that’s a delicious warm flatbread from Nice with caramelised onions, anchovies and olives. If you go to South of France, you definitely need to get one! But we didn’t really stick to the tradition that time as we ordered it with reblochon cheese on top instead of anchovies. I’m a purist and so I was a bit perplexed concerning this choice, but I’ve been actually well surprised! Though I’d recommend the traditional one with anchovies anyway.
I’ve got to say we waited for ages before getting our pissaladière and bread. The service was very slow!

To go on I got a nice piece of chicken from Brittany called “poulet breton” served with fries and provencale sauce.
The chicken was tender and the sauce tasty. The latter made me think about the ratatouille’s taste.
My friend chose the fish parmentier which included cod, haddock, prawn and salmon. He apparently enjoyed it.

We were a bit in a rush and so we didn’t have time for a dessert to my great dismay… they seem to be famous for their creme caramel and creme brulee which are house specialities. Next time I hope!

Instead we had a succulent Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream at cinema, watching “Going the distance”. Light and funny movie by the way.

In the end, this place was very pleasant for a calm dinner.
Prices were aligned on usual practice: pissaladiere £4, and £12 for main courses. If I remember desserts were about £5 each.

> Verdict: – actually we were wondering if English people would really go to this kind of restaurant. Not a question of culture, but during our conversation we realised that we’re used to go mostly to pubs with our English fellows! Anyway as I said, don’t expect a quick service, at least in this branch. Note they have many locations in the UK and up to 10 in London. Wifi available.

Infos: Côte – 124-126 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TY – 020 7287 9280 – Tottenham Courtroad – opening times

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