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We had a fabulous lunch! The food was superb (how special are those baguettes??!!), and the if we closed our eyes we could almost have been in Paris. The big difference from Paris was the Cote waiters were friendly, helpful, and polite as well as being professional! Bravo Cote!!!
As great as ever. Excellent fresh food and professional service. Cote is the best restaurant. Very nice atmosphere always. They change the menus according to seasonal foods available.
Really nice lunch here yesterday, excellent service as always and food lovely. We had a table by the window and it was lovely pm a very cold day to sit and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a lovely meal.
Great brunch. We ordered veg breakfast, french toast and yogurt and granola. The french toast was the perfect balance of sweet and salt and the veg breakfast was very light and tasty. We got a pork sausage instead of the veg sausage though.
I arrived earlier than booked but the table was ready and perfect for 6 of us having a catch-up. It was a lovely day with the breeze flowing gently through the restaurant. We all opted for the 2-course lunch for £10.95 and agreed that the choice of starters and mains was excellent - something for everyone. The service was, as ever, very professional and discreet: water brought and replaced without asking, the food arriving promptly. looking tempting. Everyone agreed we'd come back again for one of our regular get-togethers. Just one thing .... the filtered water provided so liberally is lovely but why is it in such small, heavy 'bottles'? Between the six of us on a hot day, we must have got through at least nine bottles - wouldn't a jug be easier all round?
My daughter and I had a lovely evening at Cote Cambridge. Excellent service, food, wine and a nice private table. We shared the beetroot starter, and enjoyed monkfish followed by crème caramel and tarte au citron. I've rated 5 rather than 6 for two reasons - the monkfish came with fried potatoes and bacon that were a bit heavy / overpowering - a bit of pancetta and samphire would have complemented the fish better. Also, 12% discretionary service was added to the bill. I always leave a tip of 10-15% but like to decide the amount myself based on service given - I resent restaurants adding this (even though I know I could have not paid it and left cash instead) - does the tip reach the server / staff or go into the pockets of the management?
Food was entirely adequate, but service very slow, despite our having mentioned that we were going to the theatre, and choosing from the pre-theatre menu. They had sold out of both the main courses we'd ordered, which the waiter didn't know when we made the order, and he took about a quarter of an hour to come back and tell us; we hadn't ordered first courses, so assumed our food was on its way. Once we'd finished our main courses it took some while to attract the attention of a waiter (we counted four at once who didn't seem to be doing anything; the restaurant was not especially busy at this point) to bring us a dessert menu (had we not been on the two-course special menu, I suspect we wouldn't have bothered, as time was running short by this point), and we checked which of the choices would be quickest to prepare, before making our order. The desserts did arrive quickly enough, but the (different) waiter who brought them made a somewhat sarcastic comment about the speed with which we'd been served; however, he did not bring the bill, which we'd asked for at the same time as we ordered dessert, so had to be asked for this twice. Even then, I had to resort to waving my arm in the air with a credit card in it in order for someone to come and take payment; it would have been easy enough to leave without paying, I suspect, given the level of attention we received from the staff. I had booked at Côte because it is a chain, and I expected they would be well geared to providing a swift service to people going on to the theatre or to concerts (the food is perfectly nice, but it is hardly an eating destination); it was a pretty dire failure in this regard, and to be snide to one's customers when they ask for something quickly is very poor.
It's really good to go to a restaurant and be recognised as you enter. It's not as if we go as frequently as once a month to this Cote. Monica was on good form and our waitress Agatha was very efficient and always smiling. We go to an number of Cotes and always find charming and polite staff who find the time to chat a little as they are working which we really appreciate. Keep it up and well done in opening a new restaurant in Harpenden this week. It's our home town but we will still visit others in the area just to experience the slight difference between restaurants.
Having dined @ Cote a few years ago with visitors from Singapore, I knew it would be one of the best restaurant to take my visitors from San Francisco & Malaysia. There was a good choice of dishes from both the fixed price & a la carter menu. Every plate/board arrived with visually pleasant offerings from the kitchen. Truly appreciate the efforts made & also, the service was impeccable. Every need was attended to including the typical 'can you take a group photo please?'. Will return on my next visit to Cambridge. Meanwhile. I will explore other branches when I am on business in other parts of UK.
We had lunch from the set menu while enjoying a day out in Cambridge. The hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus stops conveniently close by. The food, as ever with Cote was all delicious; Provencal Pissaladiere, Frisee aux Lardons, Poulet Grille, Roast Pork Belly, Peche Crumble and Chocolate Pot. Excellent, efficient, friendly service from Lily and other staff. I'd had an email offering complimentary Kir Royales for my birthday but could not find it in my Inbox. Lily was incredibly helpful and patient and served the drinks anyway, while I struggled with poor reception until I eventually found the message and produced the necessary code.