We were promised a lunch by our boss a while back for successfully reaching our targets and today was that day. Yes sir – a trip to the french Cote Brasserie was in order! Just conveniently placed down the road from where our office is, this is not the first time I have been here – the other time being our Christmas lunch (but this was at another location). I was not as impressed with the Christmas lunch offering, but put it down to peer pressure of cooking for over 40 people who were all hungry,and wanting to go to the after-party (free flow wine at the after party – who could blame us!?!?)
Anyway, off we went, walking in neat rows of two. I was looking forward to lunch – I was starving as I only had a slice of toast this morning in preparation for lunch – I eat like a bird and so had to moderate breakfast so I could eat much loads for lunch.
French cuisine has always been hit and miss with me – I hate snails, and I hate its one of their specialties. I save snails that I see on paths and hide them in nearby trees – I know I know, their pests, but I think its so mean to kill them. I do like other aspects of the cuisine though, and hence – majorly excited about going to this restaurant.
We had a three course meal and here’s what I had:
As a starter, I had the Prawn Gratinée, which was King prawns in a white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with a garlic and parsley crouton. I love prawns as sometimes, I get bored with meat meat and more meat. The delicate tomato sauce complimented the white wine and the garlic and chili added to the overall taste of this dish. I love how the croutons added the ‘crunch’ factor – all in all a lovely littel starter (could do with a bit more salt) but I was good ans refrained. £7.50 for this lovely little starter.
As a main I had the Lamb Shank, which was Braised lamb shank with wholegrain mustard potato purée and a veal and rosemary sauce. I initially wanted the Pork Belly but they has run out and so the next best thing was lamb. The lamb was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. Soft and fell off the bone – just what lamb shank should be. I was not too keen on the mustard potato purée – i really don’t like mustard and so the boys finished that off for me. Loved this dish at at £13.50 – well worth the price!
OMG. This is A dessert and a half. Pain Perdu was a traditional brioche bread and butter pudding with double cream and caramel sauce) – it really was gorgeous. I am not a fan of bread and butter pudding at the best of times – I mean, bread and butter in a pudding, as a dessert?! Really? I decided to try it as 1: I love caramel, 2: I love double cream, 3: Caramel sauce is gorgeous and 4: I like brioche bread – hey, 4 out of 6 ain’t bad! and if all else failed, F ordered the Chocolate Fondant, that we agreed to share – it was really good, but the gooey chocolate center was not as gooey as I would have liked it. I make this at home and so perhaps am more critical of it than others. If you are going to have one dessert here though – I highly recommend the Pain Perdu – I am so happy I tried it!! Costs £4.95 for both the Pain Perdu and the Chocolate Fondant.
Visit the restaurant online and have a loot at their full menu here.
Highly recommended if you want good quality french food that’s fast and without all the fuss. I think this is a great first date place too!
Happy Monday everyone!