An evening at Cote Brasserie Bournemouth

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
The restaurant scene in Bournemouth has yet another string to add to its bow with the French chain, Cote Brasserie opening on Westover road in Bournemouth. From someone who loves a crepe or two, when an invite popped into my inbox inviting me to a tasting dinner at the new Cote Brasserie I had to attend and see what they were all about.

The evening began with an introduction to the restaurant by the area's head chef, who spoke with passion about Cote. He introduced the Cote style of cooking as well as his career with Cote and how he had worked his way up from Sous Chef to Head Chef. It was a lovely introduction to the evening and to the food that we were very keen to try.

On first impressions, the restaurant's interior has been transformed from an old clothing store to a premium restaurant. They have renovated it beautifully with an art deco/Parisian feel flowing throughout even with an accompanying Parisian balcony for those summery evenings (although a hot chocolate on a gray day may be more realistic).



Once the introductions had finished, it was on to the food. The menu has a real variety (plus they have a separate Vegetarian and gluten free menu - brownie points) and for those who thought the French just ate frogs and duck, you are wrong! As I would not go near either of the latter! For a Tuesday evening, I went a bit wild and went for the Charentais Melon with Savoie Ham, the steak for main and the Praline Crêpe for desserts (who could resist). 


The melon and ham were a great choice to start, especially before a steak. It was a light option but enough to give a little taster of the dishes on offer and the melon and ham worked beautifully together. For the main I had the steak which was beautifully cooked and really melted in your mouth, I am not one to have a steak without a peppercorn sauce and this added accompaniment made the main. Dessert was more than a treat for a Tuesday night, however you cannot go wrong with crepes and chocolate - the dream! 








The restaurant is in a brilliant location especially if you are off to the Pavilion for a pre-theatre dinner or for a spot of lunch mid-shopping. There is plenty of seating, as the restaurant has both an upstairs and downstairs, so no battling for seats!

Overall, I was really impressed by my evening at Cote Brasserie, nothing was too much too ask and everything from the service to the food was brilliant. I will definitely be back for some more French foodie delights!



Thank you Cote Brasserie and Liz Lean PR for a wonderful evening.