AD – As a family, we love eating out. It can be a bit pricey now and then and we don’t do it all the time but it really is one of life’s pleasures and we really enjoy it! Probably as we really love our food. We were recently asked to review a Côte Brasserie and my husband was immediately keen, as he knew the food was great. I must admit I had never been to one before so was very curious to try a new restaurant.
We were specifically going to look at the kid’s menu and to see what my eldest thought. Piglet was staying at her Nanny’s for the night, so we headed over to one of our closest Côte Brasseries in Leamington Spa as a family of four!
More About Côte Brasserie
Côte Brasseries are French inspired restaurants and I have to honest, I’ve not enjoyed always French food when I’ve been in France but this was not the case at all with the Côte Brasserie we visited! We had a delicious meal.
There are 97 locations all over the country and there is an extensive menu, including vegetarian, gluten free and a new breakfast menu. Think steak, think fish, meat dishes and tasty sides! All with a traditional French-feel.
There is also a large drinks menu, including wines, Champagne, dessert wines, liquors, soft and hot drinks. Lots to choose from.
I was pretty excited to go, as I knew it would be a bit different.
We were a little late getting to our booked slot, as had forgotten how bad the parking can be in Leamington Spa sometimes (!) but were given a very warm welcome by the manager, Ollie and shown to our table.
There was a nice warm vibe in the restaurant and we felt comfortable immediately. I think as we do eat out, my eldest is pretty well-behaved and we don’t worry about her settling down.
The grem had some colouring ready for her, as well as her kid’s menu, so she got cracking with that whilst we had a browse of the menu. The little man wanted a feed almost immediately, so once I got that out of the way we could order some food.
What Did We Order?
We were invited to review the children’s menu so had a browse of that with my eldest at first. There are two options, 2 courses for £6.50 and 3 courses for £7.95.
The gremlin had some of our starters, so didn’t pick her own. I knew she would either want fish or sausages and was pleased to see both of those on the menu. It was also nice to see some different options for children, like calamari and salads, which may encourage them to try new things.
My eldest went for the haddock goujons, which she really enjoyed and she cleared her plate apart from a few chips but it was a good portion size. I tasted her goujons and they were really good.
Both hubby and I were so hungry so we started off with a fougasse (garlic bread) and olives from the Hors Doeurves menu.
Both looked impressive and were devoured pretty quickly. I really liked the olives, as there were pickles and tomatoes in the bowl.
My eldest ate a good amount of the garlic bread too!
Both my husband and I are huge fans of calamari so both went for that for our starter. I also don’t find it too filling and the portion size was just right too.
It was then time to tackle the main courses. There is a vast range to choose from on the menu; from fish dishes, various meats, steaks and lighter bites too. You can also order some delicious sides if you fancy too; vegetables, chips or potato.
I decided to go for a lighter bite, as I didn’t want pudding to defeat me!! I always tend to order fish when I’m out, as we don’t get it a lot when at home. I chose salmon which was chargrilled with ratatouille and a lemon and olive oil dressing. It was perfect. Cooked to perfection and not too filling for me. I haven’t had ratatouille for ages and it was so tasty. It inspired me to try and cook some at home.
The hubby also wanted to try something he wouldn’t have at home and chose Roast Duck Breast which was served pink and came with gratin potato and a griottine cherry sauce.
He really enjoyed this dish but did say was quite rich! A nice treat for him. The duck was pink and he hasn’t had it like that before, so was a new experience. It was presented beautifully and he ate every bite.
My eldest of course was going to have ice-cream for dessert. She has simple tastes and was not disappointed but kept trying to pinch our choices.
I went for profiteroles which were on special. I love them and they were my late Grandma’s favourite so I always honour her!
Five came in a bowl and after my hubby and eldest stole one each, really enjoyed the rest. They pastry wasn’t soft and they had a delicious vanilla centre, so were a bit different but lovely.
Hubby ordered the Creme Caramel and even I liked it (I’m a bit fussy!). I was a lovely end to the meal.
Overall Thought on Côte Brasserie
We really enjoyed our meal at Côte Brasserie. The service was really good; very attentive and friendly. As I said, my eldest is usually well behaved but we felt comfortable in there, even when the little man got a bit rowdy. I was comfortable breastfeeding him and letting him make a mess!
The food was really good and it is a good place to take children, as you get the classics kids like, plus some new tastes. Also, you can enjoy good quality food, that you may not get in a pub for example. Our food was hot, cooked really well and tasty. It was just good food and that is all you want when you eat out.
Price-wise, I think it is competitive with other places we have visited. As we were reviewing, we did have more than normal of course. I’m not normally a dessert person but our choices were perfect.
The restaurant was clean and well-presented and I think we would definitely go again if a Côte Brasserie branch was nearby.
Disclosure – we were provided with this meal in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.