a very good breakfast. good, friendly staff. a very nice location. and they offer a free wifi for their guests as well...
I've said it before and I'll say it again - I am a HUGE fan of the slow, luxurious, full Saturday lunch. Especially at a French bistro and this was it!
It is a chain, and it does feel that way, but in the best best way that a French bistro outside of France can. It feels time-tested and efficient. The waitstaff is super and the restaurant is very comfortable, while still being elegant. The menu is French, but creative, featuring some twists on old French classics. And, the crowd is upscale but not stiff.
I ordered the potato leek soup to start with a baked crepe dish as my 'light main course'. The soup was absolutely perfect, with a good balance of creamy to salty/oily. The baked crepes were filled with spinach and some type of cheese, and they were LAVA HOT! But they were very good, and it was totally fine to wait for them to cool because this was my slow Saturday luxury lunch and I still had wine to drink. ;)
My husband had a charcuterie starter with a half-chicken main, and raved as well (I didn't even get a taste!). All ingredients used were obviously fresh and well-planned. Nothing tasted out of place and our wine was a delicious red (Chinon, I believe).
I would definitely return to Cote, often if possible.
One of the three stars is for the Poussin Roti, a special item on yesterday's menu. Lovely smokey bacon twirled around chunks of chicken breast supreme added crispness to already flavorful chicken. The menu failed to mention that it was served over whipped potatoes, so I added a side of Jersey Royals. My companion's ribeye was excellent. Sadly the meals were actually 3 servings, so rather than overstuff ourselves, we requested that our leftovers be placed in takeaway containers so we could finish the next day. The restaurant was unusually loud and boisterous and perhaps the waitress was nodding her head to something other than this request, because after the bill was processed, we were told that the remaining food, a good two servings each, was "placed in the bin". My poor husband felt terrible throughout, since he wanted to make my birthday special ... First the noise from the out of ordinary ten person plus tables, then the takeaway screwup...and our other choice was Kew's Ma Cuisine. So, next year, Ma Cuisine!
I've been Cote a few times. Usually, on a Sunday morning for breakfast.
The first time I went I was blown away by the crepe complete and the coffee is not so bad. It has bacon but if you are of the vegetarian persuasion then they will happily cook it for the person you are sitting with who eats meat! However, every time after that the quality hasn't been so great.
The same crepe complete the next couple of times was dry, over salted and over cooked.
Most recently, I had the French Toast. Its delicious but the maple syrup isn't real Canadian maple syrup so if you are a Canadian be prepared.
The service every single time has been awful. It isn't the fault of the waitstaff. They are busy and especially for Sunday breakfast / brunch, they seem pretty understaffed. It takes a long time to place an order, the quality of the food hasn't been that great (which also isn't the fault of the waitstaff) and the management has been directly rude to us and blatantly ignored us.
Instead, if you are in Richmond and would like Brunch might I suggest: Momba, One Kew Road, Carluccios.
Indeed it is a chain, however I went here for breakfast, the croissants were excellent, the coffee was strong and a good selection of newspapers was within reach.
Judging by Annie's review below, I think I will be back for lunch or dinner.
I've been here once. It was a long time ago, shortly after it opened. As I barely remember what the service was like, I'll just say that the food was completely and utterly gorgeous.
I had the most juicy and tender of steaks with perfectly crispy chips. It looked great on the plate and tasted even better than it looked.
I discovered Côte in Richmond in 2010, and the food never disappoints. I've been here with my husband and a large group of friends on more than one occasion, and the staff are always gracious and accommodating. This is one of the better locations around London/Greater London.
I must say, I've ordered the Cod Goujons, Roast Seabass, Poulet Breton with all 3 sauces and even the Rump of Lamb (the BEST, by far). I'm not the type to order everything on the menu, but the food is gorgeous (and yes, it's a chain - who cares?). I've always left full and happy, without spending too much. Oh, and try the prix fixe menu if you get there early!
Côte is clean, minimalist design, has consistently excellent dishes and never feels oppressive. I always visit this cosy restaurant when I'm in Richmond!
We've been here quite a few times and the food has always been awesome. It is very rich food mostly (well it is French!) but very tasty.
The drinks menu is good and the food is very reasonably priced - e.g. £9.95 for two course lunch on week days.
Have been going to Côte in Richmond ever since it opened. In general a great place to eat, food is excellent and the staff are always very nice. One of the best places to eat in Richmond, and good value for money too!!
We were more Sunday morning diners, it's a very good place, with some style, warm, calm atmosphere, good layout and furniture, a pleasure to visit.
Have to agree about the service, friendly but not very efficient, and if you ask twice you may get two!
Food was really good, I had crepe, eggs and bacon for about £5.95 from the interesting breakfast menu, and it kept me going for a few hours, and most importantly was very tasty.
Cafitierre of coffee was fine.
Shall certainly visit again, and will look out for other branches.
Service good, food good.
their pea/mint soup (even though a starter) is a huge portion and really good.
service is a bit slow... never has my lunch been less than 2 hrs (with even though I ate pretty fast and had no dessert
Good and simple French Bistro style restaurant located on Hill Street. Not a bad wine list with a good variety of French wine. The service here is slow but the food makes up for it. The confit of duck is excellent!
Came for Easter Monday lunch. Great appetizers. Had duck breast w. cherry sauce. Jamie loved her herb risotto. Definitely coming back! The decor is minimalist, clean and classy. The nature of the food, the quality of the food and the level of service make this place a cut above.
Clearly the local cool spot for a lazy weekend breakfast and i can see why. Frsh ingredients, attentive and friendly service complement the quiet lounge music. All in all a fantastic experience.
Went to cote for breakfast on Sunday morning in Richmond. it was £7.5 for the full English plus ££1.95 for coffee plus 12.5 discretionary tip.
The breakfast was excellent and the best I have had in London this week. The sausages, mushrooms, bacon, tomato and eggs were of great quality and you got plenty of toast, butter and jam.
Very good indeed. I come from the north east and so totally impartial.
I just had a nice yummy dinner here with friends last night and don't care one bit that its a chain! I'm going to review in inverted pyramid style, most important info first, because the meal was most fabulous at the end. The desserts here are just phenomenal! I had the chocolate fondant with ice cream (we call it molten chocolate cake sometimes where I come from) and my dining companions had the creme brulee and the creme caramel. All were delicious dreamy little perfections and we tasted each others but I think really all liked our own best, but I would have been happy with any of them truth be told. A great place to go for dessert even if you go somewhere else for dinner! For mains two of us had the moules frites and the other had crepes provencal and a side of minted peas. Having eaten piles of mussels on my recent holiday in Dubrovnik, I didn't know if I could face another one, but since I love them so much I went with my gut instinct and ordered, and was not sorry for the decision! Plump, juicy and soaked in yummy creamy broth and served with salty skinny fries. Just how it should be. They charged for the bread we required to soak up the sauce, but I will forgive them for that, because it was so worth it. My friend who ordered the crepes must also love them because she's been here twice and ordered them twice, so there you go. Minted peas also quite nice. For starters we all got the chargrilled artichoke, which was good but a bit hard, I think I prefer artichokes to be boiled or steamed instead so they are more tender. The wine we had, the syrah at the low end of the menu, was also nice. Overall the evening was not cheap but if you're on a budget you could go before 7 on a weekday when they do a nice pre fixe menu, 3 courses for £11.70 I think it was. But they were out of the fish cake on the menu, which would have been my choice, so in the end none of us went with that option.
I have only eaten here for breakfast on a Sunday and I must say I was very impressed. An excellent full english and great value. A pleasure to eat at
went to this place with some friends , it was really good , the food was nice , and the atmosphere was perfect. might go there more often
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