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Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie

cote-brasserie-camdenCôte is an all-day brasserie with an extensive menu, including a large variety of gluten free dishes – serving regional specialities, as well as internationally renowned French classics, these include Onion soup, Escargots de Bourgogne and Gougère.

The restaurant

It is easy to find, even if you are not familiar with the area, located only a short walk away from the Camden Town tube station. The décor and theme is a’la Paris and, if you long for the feel of French street-cafes, outdoor seating lets you live that dream.

The restaurant is an ideal spot for a romantic meal out, or a quiet coffee with a friend. It is open all day, so breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The interior feels bright, spacious and not overly intimate, which lends it as the perfect spot for entertaining business clients. Its proximity to the London Zoo, Regent’s Park and the Odeon cinema also make it a good place to stop-by for lunch when on a family day out. The restaurant also has a separate menu for children, however the youngest of family members probably wouldn’t appreciate the ambience, so families with toddlers might prefer somewhere a bit more relaxed.

cote1The food

The most valuable asset of this brasserie is undoubtedly the selection and the quality of the food, which has received almost unanimously good reviews on consumer rating sites, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp. The bistro has been applauded for the use of fresh ingredients and for creating authentic tastes. The best part of all this is that it is also reasonably priced. A meal for two (2 mains and 2 starters) costs approximately £50, with the typical main somewhere around £14, and a pint roughly £4. Anyone familiar with London prices knows this is good value for money, especially for restaurant quality food.

cote2The most popular mains are the roast duck breast, char-grilled salmon, or if you prefer something a bit lighter try the Butternut Squash risotto (which is a steal at £10.50).

On the negative side, be aware when making a group booking. There has been a fair amount of bad feedback regarding the level or service, and the time it takes to get the food out during the busier times of day. It seems that compared to other restaurants in this chain, the Camden branch lags behind where staffing is concerned. The service is often described as hectic, and the servers seem to struggle with large groups.

cote3However, it is possible that this is just down to a few isolated cases of bad manners and inadequate training, as overall impressions seem to be mostly positive. The Côte has received a fairly large media covering over the past couple of years, so it is definitely worth a visit, even if you just want to see what all the fuss is about. The restaurant has had good reviews in The Sunday Times, Good Food Guide and even The Financial Times and has been described to have the elegance of an authentic Parisian bistro. The only thing to keep in mind is to avoid the rush hour, as it seems to affect the level and effectiveness of the service.

Modern, all-day French brasserie chain, serving regional specialities and traditional classics.
Côte Brasserie
32 Parkway, London NW1 7AH
Open today · 8am–11pm