COTE BRASSERIE BOURNEMOUTH NOW OPEN
Cote Brasserie has just opened in Bournemouth it is their 90th restaurant but they have managed to maintain a unique style that sets it apart from other chains.
On my arrival at the restaurant last night I was struck by the buildings transformation, I had walked past it many times and not really registered what a lovely building it is. To be honest the building had been crying out for a makeover for a number of years and Cote Brasserie has certainly come up with the goods.
The restaurant is located at No. 1 Westover Road and sits on the corner giving it a dual aspect. Our table was on the first floor so we had a great view of the gardens on one side and the stunning architecture of the arcade on the other. On the park side of the building is a balcony I had also never noticed before, it is set up with bistro tables and I was told it is a real sun trap and a great place to have breakfast.
The French chain gets its menu inspiration from the brasseries of Paris, they serve French classics made from fresh ingredients and all the staff I spoke to were passionate about the brand. Now in their tenth year you can also choose from an anniversary menu which includes three courses for £27.50 and includes a glass of champagne.
Our evening started with some delicious canapés of seared tuna, smoked salmon and duck liver pate just to get us in the mood for what was to come and whilst we waited for everyone to arrive.
We were given the menu to choose our meal and as we were a table of eleven we ordered quite a selection.
As a food blogger I have developed the annoying habit of wanting to photograph not only my food but other peoples close by to me (for this my fellow dinners I apologise) but at least you can see the consistent high standard of the food being served. I chose a steak for my main and although it was cooked exactly to my liking I would definitely consider going for something more French next time as those dishes did look stunning and can't be found in other restaurants in Bournemouth.
King prawns in white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with toasted garlic and parsley croutons.
Soupe de Poisson
Traditional rockfish and langostine soup served with croutons, Gruyere cheese and rouille.
Breton Fish Stew
10oz Sirlion Steak
The staff were attentive but not intrusive and even though we were quite a big table we all received our food together and drinks were kept topped up. Overall a lovely evening out with great company in a smart French restaurant, I will definitely be returning probably for breakfast next time and a spot on that balcony.
Finally before I sign off I must thank to Dorset Foodie Family and Liz Lean PR for the invitation to this great taste and review evening.
1 Westover Road
01202 233 946