21 April 2014

French cooking has a reputation for being a little... fancy, especially in the restaurants of London. But! If you're looking for something a little less casual than Le Pain Quotidien (which I love), but not a Michelin-starred wonder in Mayfair, Côte is your place.

It's very good quality for the prices, it's a chain but with an intimate atmosphere, and you really can't go wrong with the food.

We popped into our local branch last week, and we chose their two different Pissaladières to share - one with anchovies and olives, and the other with Reblochon cheese.

It had been a while since I last had them, and I forgot how good they were! Like light, crispy pizzas, and the Reblochon one was particularly delicious,

E chose the Duck Confit for his main, and I had a craving for steak tartar so I went with that - it was a starter portion, but more than enough for me after all that cheese.

They were both great dishes - fuss-free, reasonably priced, flavourful and fresh. That's really what I look for in casual French dining.

That particular day, we opted for ice cream on the couch for dessert, but I know from experience that their dessert menu is very good.

If you stumble across one (which you're bound to do, as they are everywhere in London) and feel like a quick but delicious lunch (they do a lunch deal I think) or a foolproof dinner, try it. After all, if my foodie husband hailing from France approves, they must be doing something right!


  1. That duck looks incredible. I'm sure I saw a few of these when I was in London the other week, the name rings a bell.
    N xo

  2. Oh my word! Both the pizzas sound delicious. The interior of the restaurant looks nice as well. I know it's silly but it is something I do look at a little bit :) Will definitely stop by next time in town. As always, thanks for the recommendation! xx

  3. Drooling right now! That all looks so amazing!!

  4. Yum! Never been, but always heard good things.

    Usually try to shy away from chains, but sometimes the food is just as good! And hey, if your French husband approves it must be good :) x

  5. I'm a big Côte fan - can't go wrong with good food at affordable prices! Their steaks are particularly good value. Also love their pan roasted pork belly! And a French man liking them means they must have the seal of approval :)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  6. I wish I read this before I went to London, but will definitely visit when I'm there next! Love good french food haha

    x karen
    the chic & damned

  7. Yes! I actually have been to Cote! I think they have a location in Oxford if I'm not mistaken. Great macro shots (as always) of the meal - have you taken classes on doing that? You've got an eye!

  8. Ooooh this all looks so scrumptious! Minus the steak tartar lol (not big on raw cuisine) This particular foodie post makes me so excited for my trip to France this summer. If you or your husband have any recommendations for restaurants to check out in Paris, I'm all ears :)

  9. I really love your restaurant hotspot posts c:
    I can love a chain restaurants, as long the food
    are reasonable to its price with a great interior!
    Like Vapiano :P I love it! Even though its a
    chain as well Xx

  10. The cheese on that pastry ahhh (took me forever to spell "pastry," I kept spelling it "pasterie" sooo franglais haha). Your photography is always getting better, I hope you're proud of yourself! And I truly wish I could come around and try these too haha.

  11. That flat bread looks freaking amazing! I really want to make something like that at home!


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