“Cote Brasserie”:https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/york/ is a firm favourite of mine, and I thought it would be the perfect spot for meeting up with family whilst we were staying in York. As we’d not seen each other for some time because of Covid, I’d asked for a quiet table so we could catch up.
Having originally booked online for the wrong week, and then corrected it but not received an email confirmation, I popped in the day before to check the reservation. Whilst the booking was fine, I was a little surprised how small the restaurant seemed to be. However, what I’d not seen, was how deep the restaurant was, and so arriving the following day, we found my brother and sister-in-law ensconced on a table right at the back. The downside was that, in terms of service, we were out of the way, but once we’d established with the waiter that we’d attract his attention when we wanted something, we were all happy.
Two of us decided to choose from the great value prixe fixe “menu”:https://www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/york/menus/ of 2 courses for £14.95 or 3 for £18.95. As I knew I’d be eating again in the evening, I chose two of the lightest dishes, a beetroot salad with a crème fraîche, goat’s curd and horseradish dressing, topped with hazelnuts, and to follow grilled seabass with a citrus salad. My sister-in-law also opted for the seabass main but started with pork terrine and sourdough croutes and finished with chocolate mousse.
Roy simply went for a main from the a la carte – confit of pork belly and gratin potatoes (from the small mouthful I was allowed to taste, it was fabulous), whilst my brother had chicken parfait with apple chutney, a main of beef cheek bourguignon, mash and a small jug of jus, followed by crème brulee. We shared a bottle of wine, and the bill for four came to £123.
On leaving, we realised we’d been there, sat in relative splendid isolation, for two and a half hours. Perfect!