“Expect classic French regional dishes such as steak frites”
– Good Food GuideIn the heart of Norwich there are plenty of options for a meal out, but few come close to Côte Brasserie in terms of that warm fuzzy feeling upon the last forkful of food. This is a French restaurant well-loved up and down the UK for being a casual spot to enjoy classics from Paris and beyond. You can find Côte Brasserie on Exchange Street, right amongst all the action that Norwich that has to offer, and it’s a light and airy space perfect for a pop in at any time of day, not least because of the all-day French menu on offer.
Once hard to come by in the UK, French cuisine is quickly becoming some of the most popular food out there, largely thanks to Côte Brasserie. This charming group of restaurants – now one of the biggest in all the land – has made utterly delicious and affordable French food a reality for folks and foodies everywhere. And it hasn’t happened by accident. Côte Brasserie oozes quality and style and this restaurant in the heart of Norwich is no exception. Found on Exchange Street, not far from a host of theatres, museums, galleries and shops, Côte is an essential addition to any trip to the city centre.
All of Côte Brasserie’s menus, whatever time of day, are packed full of fresh produce and attention to detail that you simply don’t get at other chains of a similar size. If stopping by Exchange Street for lunch or dinner then consider starting with a warm beetroot salad or fresh tuna carpaccio. Following that, opt for a light fill in the way of creamy butternut squash risotto, or a more substantial dish like the fish parmentier, topped with fluffy mash and plenty of Gruyere. You don’t want to miss out, so best to reserve at Côte Brasserie of Norwich a little ahead of time.
As usual great food great value great friendly staff. We took some friends who l think will also become regular customers!!! Thank you Cote! We’ll be back!
Excellent food and choice, even for a picky foodie. Atmosphere and service was food. Overall a really good evening out and would certainly use again when in Norwich.
The visit was excellent, in particular the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the service. The food was also of the quality we have come to expect from Cote.
Lovely choice of food. Good ambiance. Good service. Was a little quiet, but the music is good and nice decor. The quality of food was brilliant
It was our anniversary dinner. I had left a note to the restaurant to write "Happy anniversary. Meow!" on the dessert when I placed my reservations. We were very surprised when we got seated. 1. The table was decorated with little glitter cutouts of wine glasses. Really cute! The devil's in the details! 2. The staff all wrote their well wishes in a beautiful card for us. Very thoughtful. 3. The best of all, they bought a little mug that had a cat on it! They correctly my wife loved cats from the note about the anniversary message. My wife was utterly speechless. She thought I told them to buy the cat mug...oh no.... damn, what a lovely gesture. 4. The dessert was very well decorated with sugar frosting. Each letter was a different color and it definitely looked like they went the extra mile to make the experience something we would never forget. We've traveled the world and celebrated monthiversaries (yes we celebrate it monthly!) and anniversaries, birthdays, special occasions at restaurants at varying price ranges, Michelin star rated ones, etc. This is to be the best service we have ever experienced in our life. Just amazing. The staff here really blew us away. JUST WOW. The food was good as well. Also not too pricey at all, very affordable for a decent meal. The ambiance was good, not too loud. I would highly encourage you to support this restaurant, especially if you are celebrating something special. We loved every moment of the meal. We came all the way from Chicago to visit the Lotus factory so I'm not sure if I'll be back anytime soon but we will 100% definitely visit again if the opportunity presents itself in the future. Mind blowing experience at Cote Brasserie Norwich.
Any excellent experience lovely food and of a good standard. We were met by a lovely lady and taken to our table with no problems - the waitress then came and introduced herself, she was very professional and took our order for drinks - at no time were we rushed but our every need was met. The food was bought out efficiently and no one had to wait - I would recommend this restaurant to anybody - we all had the set menu which had a lot of choice and couldn't be faulted - was a little expensive but you pay for what you get. I would definitely come back. Thank you it is nice to find such a gem.
We had a choice of where to sit - very nice. We hadn't finished half of the breads and olives before our starters came. Our starters was cleared and main was served immediately with no rest in between. Our main was taken and dessert menu given not asked if we would like to see a menu. We hadn't looked at the menu before we were asked what we wanted. We requested 5minutes. On ordering the desserts,they were received within 2 minutes! We were out to celebrate our anniversary but found that we were being far to rushed to enjoy our dining experience. The food was very good but a let down on feeling like it was a fast food venue.
Party of four all chose different things. Steak Tartare was as ever good. Calamari also good and smoked salmon adequate. For main course the crepes are a good standard and very rich. The fish parmentierre was very runny under the potato ... more soup like. Now the pork belly was tiny ... a third of what we would deem a large portion. For a growing guy this dish was not adequate. The 'half' chicken was misdescribed. It was a leg with a small supreme. No wing or substantial thigh. Better des cribed as chicken not half a chicken. Desserts were all ok but after provideing a reward of a bottle of wine to virtually add the cost back on as a discretionary service charge was a bit rich. It made us think about the overall value of the a la carts menu in the future.
Really good meal at this bustling restaurant. Service also excellent. Well considered wine list and classic dishes done very well. I particularly liked the smoked salmon starter. Two minor criticisms: the layout of the restaurant means the entrance is not easily in view of the maître d' so on a busy evening we were left waiting to be seated. There was an apology but an acknowledgment when leaving would be good. Also train staff to speak to diners if they pass them in the entrance area. The other issue is the inclusion of 12.5% gratuity. This is above the market rate and pressurises a customer into paying it because of the potential ill- feeling of refusing or asking to pay 10%. Far better for me to pay without subtle coercion, as I always do when service has been good.
Having used Cote Norwich on several occasions in the past, I was somewhat disappointed this time. Several specifics:- We appreciate the complementary fresh water on the table, but this time it was almost warm - I had to ask for a replacement and was told that it was always served at room temperature. Our waitress then picked it up and agreed that it was too warm. Moule mariniere as a starter - excellent with only one out of many which was unopened. i.e. probably not alive. Sea Bass as a main - bland, overcooked and what can only be described as sloppy mashed pots - not up to standard. Creme caramel dessert - faultless - excellent. Wine - Bordeaux - OK. Overall therefore a bit below the standard we have come to expect - hence my mark.