I met up with my best friend recently for a long overdue catch up and when I was invited to check out Côte Brasserie in Maidstone it seemed like the perfect excuse for an evening out.
Côte Brasserie are a chain of restaurants dedicated to serving authentic French cuisine in a friendly environment – they are all about the details, promising excellent value for money and a welcoming and excellent dining experience.
The Maidstone restaurant is situated at the top of Earl Street, just up the hill from the Hazlitt Theatre and I parked in Fremlin Walk and walked the five minutes to the restaurant. We were greeted with a warm and friendly welcome and shown to our table. The restaurant is warm and cosy, a modern take on a Parisian-style bistro. I’d initially worried that I was a little too casual as it looked a little posh but this wasn’t the case at all – it’s perfect for any occasion and all are welcome, there is a children’s menu also.
There are a few different menus, an ‘early bird’ and lunch menu with two or three course options before 7pm, a Christmas menu and à la carte, with something for everyone. I’m pescatarian(I don’t eat meat but I do eat the occasional bit of non-fishy fish) and although the menu was mostly meat-based there were enough options for vegetarians/pescatarians. There are some gluten-free options also.
We started with Fougasse, a giant leaf shaped garlic bread which was smothered in garlic and topped with a barely-there-but-just-enough scattering of salt.
For our first course we both opted for the rustic French Onion Soup, which came with a sourdough croûte and melted Comté cheese. It was so rich, warming and tasty, and the sourdough and cheese topping had absorbed the soup and it was just lovely. (My mouth is watering just thinking about it – I want to try and recreate it at home).
Moving on to mains, my friend went for the Beef Bourguignon which smelt incredible and the beef was so tender it just fell apart. I went for the Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes which was a cheesy, herby delight.
After a brief rest we decided to go for dessert(go big or go home and all that), especially as my absolute favourite was on offer – Crème Brûlée(caramalised vanilla custard) and my friend went for Chocolate Mousse.
By this point I was completely stuffed – I always try to find something critical in any review but I was unable to find any, it was a fantastic experience from start to finish. The food was hearty – the portions were generous, every mouthful was tasty and we left with very happy(and full) tummies.
The food is of course important but the staff are friendly and welcoming and will go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and it’s all about the little details, such as remembering who ordered what dish when serving, keeping drinks topped up and checking all is well when you aren’t mid-chomp – there’s nothing worse than being asked when you have a mouthful! Our server was Hannah and she was amazing – from recommending options to making sure we were always happy, she was fantastic and all staff seemed to be happy and smiley.
Price wise it’s spot on for the quality of the service and food – very reasonable and worth every penny.
My friend was equally as impressed – “What a lovely evening. A great place to visit. The food was excellent, couldn’t be faulted, as was the service. Good sized portions. The beef was cooked beautifully, literally melted in the mouth, yum!! Everything presented beautifully and left feeling fat, fully and very happy!”
Thank you very much for having us Côte Brasserie – I’d highly recommend it to anyone. To book a table, have a look at the menus and much more check out the website here.
**We were invited along to Côte Brasserie to enjoy a meal in exchange for this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own. This place is fabulous – please visit!**
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