“The Côte Brasserie brand was born from a genuine passion for French cuisine and the desire to bring true hospitality to the forefront of our service. “
Recently I was invited to Côte Brasserie in Manchester to review their menu. I’ve been to Côte Brasserie before for brunch – which was utterly delicous! So I was really looking forward to seeing what the evening menu had to offer.
Tucked ‘down the bottom’ of Manchester, on one of the streets behind House of Fraser, Côte Brasserie is a understated french restaurant with a cosy interior, with a menu packed full of options for not only us meat-eaters, but vegetarians as well.
I’ve mentioned before about my friend who I often go dining with being a vegetarian. Whilst it’s not a foodie lifestyle for me to adopt full-time, it is becoming an interest when dining out.
I mean, going to curry houses especially. I have found that choosing a vegetable option does make for a much more enjoyable dish.
The vegetarian menu at Côte Brasserie peaked my interest when looking at their set menu. They actually had some interesting variations on vegetarian dishes.
With a starter of warm Beetroot Salad, which contained marinated violet and candy beetroots with baby gem, hazelnuts and crème fraîche, this certainly stood out amongst other vegetarian menus I’ve seen.
I mean, your standard one when it comes to anything with beetroot is a beetroot and goats cheese tart.
Which is nice. But can become a little tiresome as the flavours are usually just the same wherever you go.
This warm beetroot salad did have some similar flavours coming through. But was a lot lighter, and made for a fresher take for people who love this kind of creamy and zesty combo.
My personal vegetarian journey ended at the starter though…
And I couldn’t resist a juicy rare steak for my main meal. We were eating in preparation for our visit to Bring and Mix Manchester, so needed something of substance in my belly!
Meanwhile, my veggie friend had the Spinach and Mushroom Crepes – which once again were a lovely point of difference for any vegetarians, on the menu.
My steak was perfectly cooked and served with deliciously cripsy french fries. I think If I were to have it again I would choose a sauce to compliment it though. The garlic butter was just a little too garlicky for me personally.
The menu we chose to order off was actually the Prestige Set Menu. Setting you back £15.95 for two courses (or £18.95 for three), which is excellent value for money for a Saturday night restaurant visit in Manchester city centr.
Sometimes it’s preferable for me to go for set menus, especially when you’re unsure about you fancy.
It certainly restricts the choices and you know it’s going to be a popular dish – else it wouldn’t be on there!
“The menus at Côte Manchester are created to the highest standard with dishes inspired by the punchy flavours of France. On our à la carte menu, expect to find roast duck breast, poulet grille and fillet steak; for dessert choose the classics: tarte au citron, crème brûlée or tarte fine aux pommes to be enjoyed with a hot drink or a glass of regional wine from our drinks list.”