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Square Meal Review of Cote Reading ?

There’s no need to give window seats a wide berth here, for Côte is a chain restaurant you won’t mind being spotted at. The heritage paintwork, retro tiles & bentwood chairs exude Paris-inspired charm, even though its mini empire (from the folk who launched Strada) has grown to 30 (& counting). Côte’s French brasserie menu is more ambitious than most high-street Gallic homages (few others dare to offer steak tartare for example) & the house’s popular pissaladière, duck confit, & crème brûlée are better than many you’ll find across the Channel. The £10-ish ‘plats rapides’ (perhaps steak-frites or moules marinière) arrive speedily, delivered by slick, smart staff. Côte is obviously no substitute for a weekend in gay Paree, but it’s a good call for a ‘pre-something’ dinner.


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  1. Published : Wednesday, 1 August 2012

    In Oxford, Will Eat :: [Out of Oxford] Côte, Reading

    There are some meals of which I don't have particularly high expectations. Although it was a sunny evening and the atmosphere in Reading's Riverside area was busy but pleasantly relaxed, I wasn't too taken with the plethora of identikit chain restaurants, which include a Slug and Lettuce, a Bella Italia and (shudder) a Nando's. My brother steered me towards Côte, an establishment with a vaguely Parisian air, recommending their three courses for £11.90 menu, but our arrival after 7pm made us too late for that. So I wasn't sure if the food was going to be either good value or impressive generally. Still, in the end...
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  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Berkshire
  • Price: £35.00
  • Wine: £14.50
  • Champagne: £32.95

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