Tuesday night I was invited as a food blogger to take part in a taste and review night at the new Cote Brasserie in Bournemouth, here are my thoughts.

On arrival at the new Cote Brasserie I was struck by the buildings transformation, I had walked past it many times and not really registered what a lovely building it is. To be honest the building had been crying out for a makeover for a number of years and Cote Brasserie has certainly come up with the goods.

The restaurant is located at No. 1 Westover Road and sits on the corner giving it a dual aspect. Our table was on the first floor so we had a great view of the gardens on one side and the stunning architecture of the arcade on the other. On the park side of the building is a balcony I had also never noticed before, it is set up with bistro tables and I was told it is a real sun trap and a great place to have breakfast.

The French chain gets its menu inspiration from the brasseries of Paris, they serve French classics made from fresh ingredients and all the staff I spoke to were passionate about the brand. Now in their tenth year you can also choose from an anniversary menu which includes three courses for £27.50 and includes a glass of champagne.

Cote Brasserie - Bournemouth

Whilst we were waiting for all of our party to arrive we were offered a lovely selection of hors d’oeuvres including some delicious seared tuna, duck pate and smoked salmon and a glass of bubbles. We were then given the menu to choose our meal, between us we ordered quite a selection.

Cote Brasserie - Bournemouth

Cote Brasserie - Bournemouth

I chose a steak for my main and although it was cooked exactly to my liking I would definitely consider going for something more French next time as those dishes did look stunning and are something you are unlikely to find in other restaurants in Bournemouth. As a food blogger I have developed the annoying habit of wanting to photograph not only my own food but other people’s too, but at least my readers get to see the consistent high standard of the food served.

Starter: Soupe de Poisson – Traditional rockfish and langostine soup served with croutons, Gruyere cheese and rouille.
Starter: King prawns in white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with toasted garlic and parsley croutons.

Cote Brasserie - Bournemouth

Cote Brasserie - Bournemouth

The staff were attentive but not intrusive and even though we were quite a big table we all received our food together and drinks were kept topped up. Overall a lovely evening out with great company in a smart French restaurant, I will definitely be returning probably for breakfast next time and a spot on that balcony.

Dessert: Praline Crêpe –
chocolate and praline crêpe with caramelised bananas and crème Chantilly
Dessert: Frozen Berries with White Chocolate Sauce

Cote Brasserie
1 Westover Road

w: www.cote-restaurants.co.uk

(hero image & those below kindly supplied by Cote)

Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? Yes
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? No
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? Yes
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? Yes
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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