Review – Côte Brasserie, Quakers Friars

 

Côte brasserie is one of the newest editions to the restaurants located in Quakers Friars, Bristol City Centre.  If your anything like me and had no idea where Quakers Friars is, you will find it’s situated close to Harvey Nicks and to what I call “the posh shops” I haven’t been to a Côte before but I have always heard good things about them, so I was very excited when they invited me to come for a meal at their new venue.

We visited on a Monday evening at 7pm.  It was relatively quiet as you would expect on a Monday evening but there was still a few tables taken.  It’s a spacious venue with lots of table space. We were shown to a corner table nestled near a window that was lit up by tea lights.  It was very cosy.  I really like the décor here and the tiled floors are just lovely.  This place certainly has an understated classy feel about it. 

The waiting staff were very pleasant and attentive.  I certainly got the impression that the customer experience meant a lot to them.  They were faultless throughout.

A friend had recommended that I try the chicken liver parfait to start (£6.25) and I was not disappointed by this.  The parfait came in a little Kilner jar alongside a pot of chutney.  The bread came wrapped in a napkin and was warm and soft and just delicious!  I thank my friend Chantelle for recommending this starter, it really was great! 

My husband went for a classic, the French onion soup (£5.75) served with a cheesy giant crouton.  He had not had this soup before and I was unsure if he would like it, but actually he loved it and said he would have it again.  Probably could have been served with some bread but then, we are greedy.  

I just had to have the Roast duck breast (£14.50), it’s by far my favourite meat and they made it sound very tempting.  It was served with potato gratin and a cherry sauce.  I also ordered a side of French beans that were sautéed in butter (£2.95).  The duck was served pink, just as I like it and it was soft, tender and seasoned well and I really loved that the skin was served crispy.  The cherry sauce wasn’t as sweet as I was expecting it to be but was still very nice; it definitely worked well with the elements of the dish. 

My husband had the Ribeye steak (£16.95) and he had this cooked medium.  It came with frites (chips) and he added a garlic butter sauce (£1.25).  He really enjoyed it and said it was cooked really well, the fat had all rendered down nicely making it very soft and full of flavour.  He really enjoyed the frites and said they were cooked perfectly.  

For dessert, I had my absolute favourite!  Chocolate fondant (£5.95) which came served with vanilla ice cream.  It wasn’t a huge portion but what I had was delicious.  The chocolate in the centre was warm and gooey as it should be.  It was a very rich dessert but it wasn’t sickly at all.  I probably could have eaten 3 of these!  

My husband had the praline crepes (£6.25) it was filled with a chocolate and praline sauce and had caramelised banana on top with Chantilly crème.  Another well executed dessert, the pancake was cooked nicely and it had lots of chocolate, banana and crème.

I’m glad I got to visit Cote Brasserie, I think its a lovely restaurant that I will definitely come back to.  I would love to bring my family here for when we have a special occasion.

Cote brasserie

8.4

Taste

8.0/10

Venue

9.0/10

Service

9.0/10

Value

7.5/10

Pros

  • Good location
  • Great service
  • Tasty food

Cons

  • Quite pricey
  • small portions