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Cote Reading

9 The Riverside, Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2AG

£35.00 French Berkshire
  • Wine: £14.50
  • Champagne: £32.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm Sat-Sun 9am-10.30pm (Sat -11pm)

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. Cote Reading

    9 The Riverside, Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2AG
    Overall rating:
     
    Diana B.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 1

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 1st 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 we had a more than acceptable dinner, seated right by the River Kennet (I later found out this section has the charming name of 'Brewery Gut')...
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