Food profile - Cote Brasserie, Hale
PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 18 April 2017
We're not short of great dining options in this part of the world, from city centre to rural idyll, the options are endless, and the addition of Côte Brasserie to Hale's already excellent collection of restaurants adds a new dimension to our levels of dining decision stress!
We popped along, en famille (see what I did there?) on a cold Wednesday night and the welcome couldn’t have been warmer. I want to say this bit up front – the service levels are superb. Every member of staff is friendly, chatty and very happy to contribute to your decision making over food or wine.
My daughter chose Whitebait with Tartare Sauce to start and crunched her way through it with relish. My Warm Beetroot Salad was delicately flavoured and very pretty; who knew you could get Violet and Candy beetroot? Mike’s Chicken Liver Parfait was soft and smooth and packed with flavour, beautifully set against a sweet, tangy apple chuntney. For our main courses I headed straight for the Roast Duck with Cherry Sauce: oh my goodness, so good! Pink and succulent slices of duck breast set in a light sweet sauce with sour cherries providing a delicious counterpoint, alongside a potato gratin I could write an ode to. The children chose the classic Breton chicken with ‘frites’ and garlic butter and wolfed it down; the chicken is buttery soft and flavoursome and who doesn’t love a salty frite? My husband waved his fork threateningly when I suggested he allow me to taste his Slow Cooked Pork Belly, advising me that his review – ‘fabulous; really soft and tastes amazing’ should be enough, thank you. French puddings are yum, let’s make this clear. Mike’s Crème Caramel was superb and I think my daughter’s Tarte aux Fine Pommes barely touched the sides, while she cleared her plate in silent devotion.
With excellent service and great food, Cote Brasserie makes a fabulous addition to Hale’s high street offering and indeed to the culinary landscape as a whole; it’s well worth a visit and is now high on our list of favourite restaurants for dining en famille or, indeed, à deux.
Côte Brasserie Hale, Ashley Road | cote-restaurants.co.uk