Twice a year Newcastle hosts restaurant week: where restaurants across the city give you the chance to try their food at a price of either £10 or £15 a head. It’s a great way to try out some of the fancier restaurants that might usually be out of your price range, or just try somewhere a bit different. I always like to use it as an opportunity to book somewhere I’ve never tried before. This time, we settled on Côte, a French restaurant.
I would usually try and avoid a chain on Restaurant Week as Newcastle has so many fab, home grown restaurants but we decided to book quite last minute and, as everywhere gets very busy on Restaurant Week, we had to go where we could get a table. However, I hadn’t been to Côte before and I was so impressed with food and feel of the restaurant that I’m really pleased we decided to go.
Côte is in a gorgeous building on Grainger Street, and inside is like a maze, decorated beautifully with lots of French vibes. We were seated at a cute little table with a view out the window and were immediately attended to by the super helpful and lovely staff.
Côte were offering a three courses for £15 menu with lots of choice. For starters, I went for French Onion Soup with a comté cheese crouton because its such a classic and I’ve never tried it before. Andrew went for Moules Marinéres, another classic, and both were delish. For mains, Andrew went for ribeye steak and with frites and garlic butter, which looked lovely, and I chose pork tenderloin with cabbage, apple, thyme, and sultanas with a side of potato gratin. I was so happy with my choice as it was really delicious and the pork was perfectly cooked.
For dessert, I chose chocolate mousse which was so chocolatey and unbelievably rich, and Andrew went for Crumbles aux Pommes, which was also very tasty and really cute with a scoop of ice cream on top.
I would definitely book Côte again, the food and the service were both fab, and I could imagine it being a nice place to go for lunch and a glass of wine while on a girly shopping trip to Newcastle.
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