Bournemouth’s restaurant scene could, until pretty recently, only be described as stale. We’ve had the same restaurants for years and it’s been a long time since there’s been anything exciting going on. In fact, that was one of the main things I was worried about when we started to talk about moving back here, because we love eating out so much! Over the last couple of months we’ve seen a fair few new eateries pop up, but it wasn’t til it was announced that Bournemouth was getting a Côte Brasserie that I was excited!
I’ve never been to a Côte Brasserie before, previously our closest one was Salisbury, which is a bit of a trek for us, but friends have been telling me to visit for years. So when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to a little event to celebrate the launch, I was ready and raring to go!
I headed down to the new restaurant on a rainy Tuesday night. It’s handily located a stones throw from our new flat, in the centre of town (personally hoping they go on Deliveroo because it’s definitely in my radius!). It’s in a beautiful old building that used to be a men’s suit store, but they’ve done a great job of restoring the original beauty of the building. Inside is warm and inviting, and we were quickly whisked upstairs where a table was ready for us.
As soon as we sat down we were offered glasses of Blanc de Blancs, a light and fruity champagne, and they were almost immediately bringing out some light bites for us to try, share + nibble at whilst we perused the menu. There was duck pate, salmon, calamari, but my favourite was the seared tuna. Currently on the specials menu at Côte, it’s served with a garlic salsa, and was so good I had two!
Whilst we were looking at the menu, the head chef for the area came out to chat to us about Côte Brasserie, what they do and the menu. He was incredibly passionate (if pretty nervous talking to a table full of press), and hearing how he’d worked up from a sous chef to head of the area was so interesting – it’s always nice to hear when a company is looking after their employees and they enjoy working there!
Picking off the menu was no mean feat, the selection of classic french dishes really has something for everyone, with a giant range of meats and fish, plus full gluten free and veggie menus too. The Côte kitchens are certified by Coeliac UK, which is a pretty rare status to achieve!
I ended up opting for the Chicken Liver Parfait to start, and man am I glad I did. Delicious fresh chicken pate, served with toasted brioche and a spiced apple chutney – swoon! It was delicious, the brioche was light and sweet, the pate was thick and almost creamy, and the chutney tasted like Christmas. A*s all around.
I ended up going for a steak as a main course, I feel like a steak is a good benchmark for the food at a restaurant, and it tends to be my go to when trying a new menu! I was tempted by the pork belly though (with potato gratin, droooools) and someone else on the table ordered the duck which looked phenomenal, but I knew I’d get food envy if I didn’t order the steak! I ordered the Filet medium rare, which was perfectly tender and cooked exactly right. It was served with tasty fries + a creamy, delicious bearnaise sauce, and I couldn’t fault a thing!
At this point I absolutely did not have room for dessert, but the PR team told us that even if we only had a bite, we had to try something! I’ve got a soft spot for Tarte Aux Pommes so it had to be just that! Hot and crispy, soft apple and a warm hint of cinnamon, I’m glad I ordered it (even if I couldn’t eat it all!).
Whilst Côte Brasserie is a chain, it’s still rather small in the scheme of things, they’ve still got that small restaurant feel to it, and you can tell the staff really care about the work they’re doing and the food they’re producing. I couldn’t fault anything during our evening, from the food to the service, to the setting, it was a wonderful night!
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a delicious night out, definitely check out Côte Brasserie! I’ll be heading back soon with Connor for dinner!
My meal was complimentary courtesy of Côte Brasserie, but all ravings about food are my own. I was under no obligation to write a post on my experience, I just loved the food so much I had to share! Thank you to the team at Liz Lean PR for organising a fantastic evening!