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The service was fast, friendly and efficient, and all 4 of us agreed that the food was very good as usual.
Fantastic lunch time two course deal. Steak frites was great!
Fast service (we were going to theatre) and god food served hot
Good food, good value, good service. Our table was in a great spot but noisy around us.
WE went for a pre-theatre dinner so that is very different from a more leisurely dinner. Cote has a set menu with about half a dozen choices for each course. It was £12.50 for two and £13.95 for three courses. I had a very nice starter of smooth duck pate on toasted sourbread and my wife had a sort of pancake with melted camembert (both of which were very nice) which we both followed with the typically French steak frites. It was a minute steak cooked med-rare, which it really was. The steak was fine but the portion of frites was for me a bit mean. It came in one of those now apparently compulsory tiny buckets which I must say I find rather annoying as they sit awkwardly on the plate and reduce portion size. The frites I had however were hot and crispy. I think some sort of vegetable or salad in addition would be appropriate but there was none. We drank a couple of glasses of their Cote du Rhone, very pleasant. For pud my wife had crème caramel which she enjoyed and I had ice cream. My wife liked the crème caramel. I felt the ice cream was a bit ordinary. It wouldn't cost that much more to have a luxury ice cream of which there are plenty these days. The staff were pleasant though very busy. There was one exciting and amusing incident when one waitress was bumped into by another waiter and the glass of wine she was carrying was spilt. She was so annoyed that she through the empty glass on the floor smashing it. All was cleared up quickly! So all in all it did what it said on the tine. We fed perfectly well and in good time for our show and at a very reasonable cost for central London. As an adjunct to a theatre trip I would certainly go there again but would need to try the main menu to see if it was what I wanted for an evening out in its own right..
We had booked a table for 4 at 6.15 pm, following a matinee performance of 42nd Street. Restaurant buzzing and not a table to spare. We were at first seated at a round table near the door. It was a cold, windy night and I asked the girl at the reception desk whether we could be moved. She made enquiries and returned to say that once a table (further into the restaurant) was cleared, we could have it. It was much cosier and had more room. We all ordered from the pre-theatre menu and all meals were good. One of our party asked if the steak could be served medium rare, instead of pink, and this request was accommodated with good grace and carried out to perfection. OK, the helping of chips which accompany the steak meal are not huge, but this is a £12.95 (2 course) meal! I have no doubt that you could order an extra side helping of chips. We had a bottle of red wine for £16.50, which was full of flavour. None of our party could manage the third dessert course. All the staff attending us were cheerful, pleasant and well-trained. They obviously take a pride in their work. Despite the large number of people, we were served swiftly and there was no pressure for us to leave. We would certainly use this Cote restaurant again.
We arrived early - almost 15 minutes early - and they couldn't have been more helpful. Although the restaurant was packed, the charming Front of House chap found us alternative table to the one they had allocated as this was just finishing up. So we were sat down, menus presented, drinks offered in seconds. The waitress couldn't have been more charming although she said we could not have our free aperitif which you had e-mailed me about, unless we ordered from the Mains menu; which in fact we ended up doing! But by then we each had a glass of fizz in hand and were happy. The food was just what we wanted for lunch and served extremely efficiently without making us feel hurried at all. A lovely experience with delightful staff. Well done you never fail us. I can't give you five stars for the atmosphere as it was very noisy when we arrived, although it got better as it emptied out at 1.45 for the matinee folk.
I was introduced to Cote about 4-5 years ago and have eaten here ever since-usually when I’m in Central London. I love the menu choice and price. The atmosphere-whether you have breakfast, lunch or dinner there is always alive and buzzing with happy people. I usually dine alone there but I have taken a friend with me here and there. You won’t feel alone if by yourself. The staff are warm, friendly, polite and cannot do enough for you. If you fancy ordering from a set menu whether it’s a pre-theatre meal or because you’re indecisive with choice, then you’ll love this restaurant. I love their cod coujons, their French Fries and chocolate fondant. No matter what you order, if you dine at Cote, save space for desert. I look forward to visiting Central London that little bit more as I get to eat at Cote. I would highly recommend the restaurant. Shame I can’t post pics of my food. It was delicious as always.
Good service, friendly staff. Tables a tiny bit too close together, but it's a busy place with lots of pre-theatre diners to look after, and neighbours were friendly. We had the pre-theatre menu. I didn't get a finger bowl with my moules marinières, though our neighbours did. The mussels were in a cream sauce: the menu did list cream in the ingredients, I have just checked online, but I didn't read that far at the time, and the title should perhaps have been moules marinières à la créme, which is gilding the lily. Lucky I'm not fussy about dairy, but it was also a bit under-flavoured, and I'd have liked a bit of bread to mop up, but at least a spoon was provided. The fish (bream) with ratatouille was delicious. Servings were small, but enough, and so I had room for excellent chocolate mousse, not too frothy or gelatinous, not too sweet. No dietary indicators on the menus. Loos were fine, if a bit small, but the pile of unused paper towels next to the basin had been drenched, perhaps a shelf? And the towel bin was already full at 7:10pm, bigger bin?
These guys are brilliant! I'd booked for the pre-theatre menu, months in advance, for my mum's birthday (pre going to the theatre!). The welcome was warm and they gave us a good table upstairs. Within a few moments of being shown our table, our charming waiter arrived with complimentary bubbles for the three of us for my mum's birthday. She was delighted! They were super busy, even at 5.30-6pm, but we didn't feel at all rushed (nor treated like cheapskates) dining from the pre-theatre set menu. Service was excellent and the food & wine very good value indeed. Cote have hit on a winner with their early set menu, but the true praise goes to the way that they treat diners: with professional care and warmth (this is consistent at every branch I have been too). Most of the staff we passed when leaving also wished us 'thank you, good bye' or 'thank you, have a nice evening'.