“Dedication to service, quality of ingredients and sound cooking”
– Marina O’Laughlin, London MetroFind a little corner of France in London at Côte Brasserie in Highgate. Located on the High Street, Côte Brasserie’s casual yet quintessentially French decor sets the perfect scene for a number of different occasions, whether a leisurely breakfast on the weekend or to celebrate a special occasion with your loved ones in the evening. A favourite among the city’s Francophiles and famous across London and beyond for its refined French cuisine, Côte Brasserie is a must-visit. Spaces at the Highgate restaurant can fill up quickly though, so be sure to book a table in advance to avoid missing out.
It's the small details at Côte Brasserie that make it one of the United Kingdom’s most celebrated family of restaurants, from the authentic ingredients that are carefully chosen from the finest French and British suppliers to the carefully curated list of boutique wines that will perfectly compliment your meal, as well as the stylish decor that evokes the feel of a Parisian brasserie. From breakfast time right through to dinner the menu at Côte Brasserie is filled with modern interpretations of classic French dishes, making it the go-to destination for a relaxed French meal in London’s Highgate suburb, no matter what the occasion is.
In the morning we recommend tucking into smoked salmon and chive scrambled eggs on toast, best paired with a mimosa for an indulgent treat. If you’re looking for a light lunch, goats cheese salad or the salmon fishcakes are the perfect choice, or go all out with one of Côte Brasserie’s French favourites, like the French onion soup for starters followed by steak frites or the traditional Breton fish stew. Whatever you decide on, we’re sure you’ll be delighted with your choice. To guarantee a table at Côte Brasserie’s branch in London’s Highgate, making a reservation is recommended.
Great food, lots of choice and very attentive staff. Really enjoyed enjoyed the meal and the location. Would definitely recommend friends and family to visit.
A very enjoyable evening. We were a group of 4 and all thought that the food was excellent and reasonably priced and the service was very good. I would definitely go again.
Breakfast at Côte is always a treat. The vegetarian breakfast is second to none and great value considering it comes with a hot drink and fresh orange, all for just over a tenner. What do they put in the vegetarian sausage? It's fantastic, tastier than a real pork one!
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We live in Highgate near the village and have been enthusiastic users of Cote since it first opened. The food has always been very good. The 'menu' to 7.30pm weekdays is very good value although we often eat off of the general menu. Which brings me to our only real dissatisfaction with Cote which is that the menus hardly change at all and if, like us, you tend to eat out there a lot, this can be quite off-putting. So more variety please, or menu changes far more often. The other quibble that we have is that it drives us mad that you bring the water to be table and always say, complimentary water!!! It might well be filtered but it is totally daft and annoying to have this said to you every time. In fact it is unnecessary, a smile when delivered with just the words, some filtered water for you would be so much more pleasant. It jars so please stop this. As it is so near and we eat there so often, it is also a drag to have to actually go online to book now in order to gain loyalty points. Quite often we are doing something in the village and just decide to eat there (generally at non-busy times so now we actually have to think it advance and book online which is a bore. Is there any other way of collecting our points when we often just turn up? Otherwise, we obviously enjoy it there - we tend to eat out of the busy hours quite often but the environment you have created and the staff (generally) make it a very pleasant place to eat.
On a chilly February night, Côte's Specials really hit the spot. Forgoing starters, my partner opted for the pan roasted monkfish fillet wrapped in bacon, served with Lyonnaise potatoes, Champagne beurre blanc, tomato concasse and tarragon; she chose a glass of Château Du Poyet 2015 Muscadet De Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie to help it go down. I opted for the braised lamb shank with wholegrain mustard potato purée and a veal and rosemary sauce. Since a side dish of Jerusalem artichoke gratiné with bacon lardons, croutons, leek and Gruyère sauce was on offer, we went for it. A glass of the Château Treviac Corbieres 2015 was the suggested accompaniment to the lmb, and a large one went down well. The food was excellent as ever; thought a couple of points docked for not supplying a serving spoon for the Jerusalem artichoke gratiné, nor a side plate for my lamb shank bone…
When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by front of staff who showed us to our table. Our waitress was extremely attentive and allowed us ample time to peruse the menu. Both the set menu and the a la carte offered a good choice and were very good value. The drinks arrived first with a cooler to keep the wine cold and the starters arrived shortly after. The waitress came over on several occasions during the mal to make sure that we were happy with our choices The main courses arrived promptly and the food was delicious and well presented. Overall the quality of the food and the service was very good ensuring a relaxing and enjoyable evening.
Côte Brasserie - Highgate is a well positioned restaurant in the centre of the village, popular with locals, groups of friends and families and is frequented by the visitors of the local attractions like Kenwood or Highgate cemetery. Restaurant is spacious and has a nice unpretentious ambience. Staff is pleasant and attentive. Food is always of equally high standard. Good selection of wines and beverages.
Good helpful and knowledgeable service. Excellent food which came quickly and was hot. As good as any West End restaurant at a fraction of the cost. For starters we had calamari which was plentiful and soft, indicating that it was fresh and not frozen, although there was a hint of garlic on the breadcrumb coating, and crab salad. I asked for this without capers and this was not a problem. A minute steak, cooked to perfection, followed together with Breton fish stew, both being very good. For desert we shared a crepe topped with banana and chocolate sauce - delicious.
Lovely to come back after a long absence. We were four former staff members from Channing School up the road and had fond memories of staff parties held at Cote when it was the San Carlo restaurant. Although the restaurant was not full, I felt the manageress was a little rushed off her feet as it was a bit difficult to attract her attention at times, but when we did, she was friendly and helpful. I was disappointed not to be able to have my first choice of dessert (crumble) and that no alternative was offered on the two-course menu which is why I have not given my visit the highest rating on this occasion.