As soon as I stepped into Côte Brasserie on the corner of Grainger Street, Newcastle it was if I was transported to a different time period. Effortlessly chic and tranquil, I imagined myself in an early French era of elegance and sophistication, while still maintaining an air of a modern French bistro. The service from first entering was impeccable, and the staff never let this slip.
The brasserie’s all-day dining option sees it open in the morning for breakfast, following on to lunch and then straight into dinner which is served well into the night.
There are French classics such as croque monsieur and French onion soup, as well as more traditional dishes of roast pork belly and ribeye steak.
Weekend specials are served from noon until 6pm on Saturday and 10.30pm on Sunday and currently include steak frites or a Cote burger for £11.50 included in this 2 course option. Three courses are £13.50 and provide excellent value, so you can partake of a quick lunch or pre-theatre dinner. In addition, there is an extensive French wine list which features wines from a number of independent producers across France.
Never fear though, families! There is a children’s menu too featuring some goodies such as sausages and mash and cod goujons, and while I’ve made it all sound very stylish there is no pretentiousness here and my teenage daughter and other younger children were made to feel very welcome and just as important as other diners.
Côte is accredited by Coeliac UK and is understandably proud of its comprehensive and delicious gluten free menu, which has received high praise from diners and Coeliac UK. Côte also has a great vegetarian food and wine menu, so vegetarian guests can dine from a comprehensive menu, without the fear that any of their meal choices may not be suitable for them.
Considering it’s located on the corner of a very busy street, the ambience inside is truly lovely. I can’t remember hearing one bus go past or seeing any shoppers pass the slightly tinted windows. The whole dining experience left me feeling as though I had really spoiled myself with cooked-to-perfection food in a luxurious setting, and while it is more expensive than a happy hour pizza/pasta combo down on the quayside the price is comparable to any restaurant chain. The difference being you feel as though this food is lovingly prepared and served with style and grace, and not just whipped up in a chaotic kitchen behind the scenes.
My new favourite place.