I don’t think I’ve actually ever been to a French Restaurant before, so when I was asked if I fancied going to Cote Brasserie in Trinity Leeds to try their menu and write a review I was intrigued. I’d promised my friend Louisa for a while that next time I got a food review invite I’d bring her along, so we were pleased it was for somewhere fancy (and that we were able to pop to Primark beforehand!)
When arriving the manager came over to introduce herself and let us know we could choose what we fancied, and so we sat down to make some decisions. We spent a long time deciding what we wanted from the menu and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful, offering us their thoughts on the dishes on our shortlist and suggesting we had a Fougasse (Leaf shaped Garlic Bread with Parsley and Sea Salt) to nibble on whilst we decided. That bread was delicious! They told us that, unlike lots of places, all of the staff are given the opportunity to try the whole menu, so that they really know what they’re talking about when they recommend dishes. You could tell from their reactions to dishes we suggested that they genuinely have tried (and really enjoyed) the food.
I stuck to my favourite in the end and had steak, Louisa was a bit more adventurous and went for the Fish Paramentier, which she saw was delicious. We also ordered some sides, Carrots and Green Beans, which were cooked to perfection. My steak was delicious and the fries were so crispy-yum.
For dessert I went for Creme Brulee, which isn’t something I’d usually choose. Louisa had the Summer Fruit Pavlova which looked AMAZING and I wish I’d chosen, although my Brulee was lovely too-very rich and creamy, so much so that I didn’t finish it.
We finished the meal with Tea and Coffee which we were able to take our time with-we didn’t feel like we were being rushed out, as there was no queue and a couple of empty tables-perfect.
I’ll definitely be back to Cote Brasserie again and I think Louisa will too. Thank you for having us, Cote Brasserie!
*Food for me and my plus one was given to me in return for this review. All thoughts, words and photos are my own.