On a recent visit to Clifton (Bristol) to visit my grandparents I was treated to a visit to their favourite restaurant, Côte. My expectations were high after endless positive comments from family members. It was particularly busy for a Thursday night… they had just served a party of 53 as we arrived so we sighed with relief that we had missed the rush. Even though they were busy putting the restaurant back to together with chairs going backwards and forwards, the waiters were great and attentive throughout the evening.
We skipped straight to main courses in the hope that a dessert would take our fancy afterwards. I went for the cod goujons and frites (posh fish and chips) served with a lake of tartar sauce (£10.95). I’m not sure if I was more hungry that usual, but I could have done with a few more goujons or some chunkier chips as I was left wanting a little bit more! It was delicious though, posh fish and chips through and through. The tartar sauce wasn’t too overpowering so I lapped it up. Overall, it was so tasty, so tasty that I wanted more. I had an authentic, French cloudy lemonade to go with my meal. It was refreshing, light and a perfect accompaniment.
My grandma had a meal from the specials. It was veal served with apple and cabbage with a thyme based sauce. Another happy Côte customer. Grandpa had two starters, the first a crab mayonnaise with sourdough bread, and the second, sliced smoked salmon with capers, dill and creme fraiche and some bread. The menu has so much to offer, the decision was a tough one. I am happy to say, I have no regrets with the cod goujons, small… but that’s only because I’m greedy and I like to eat until I have to be peeled off my chair and rolled home.
“Would you like to see the dessert menu?”
“Well, I suppose we could have a look.”
We all know what that means. We’re having dessert! I was still after something savoury so went for the cheese board which came with roquefort, reblochon and comtè and wonderful warm bread. Grand-ma had the dark chocolate mousse or as she said, ‘pure chocolate’ and Grandpa had the apple tart. We all left feeling full to the brim, happy with the evenings offerings. What can I say, they’ve got good taste my Grandparents.
Côte can be found all over the UK so make sure you pop in sometime soon. There is a huge selection with specials on top. The interior is really nice too, a comfy restaurant. The Clifton one even had little tables with small desk lamps and one guest reading into the night. How lovely.