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All reviews steak frites french onion soup belly pork sea bass fries set menu service charge two courses nice meal staff were attentive lovely atmosphere city centre saturday night waiting staff fraser
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It’s not often; in fact it’s extremely rare for me to celebrate my birthday. But, my foodie partner had other ideas. I was whisked off to an eatery I had passed many times, but this was the first time to dine there. It was quiet...for a Sunday afternoon, with 4 or 5 tables being occupied, though reservations were made we were given the option of a number of tables. Always nice to be allowed a choice. It was interesting to note that the menu was headed ‘Weekend Menu’. It would be been nice to see if Escargot was available for the Mid-Week Menu, as it was not available for the weekend. Not to everyone’s taste, but if they are available and prepared especially as they do in Lyon (they add a little extra something to the Garlic other than the herbs) I would suggest you try them as a little appetiser. You WILL be surprised. But, on with the Birthday Lunch. Drinks: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Kir Royale (a champagne cocktail) Hors D’Oeuvres: Sourdough bread and Butter, Olives (marinated in garlic and Herbs) What can you say about sourdough, the bread to go with most meals and the Olives packed that little extra with the Garlic and herbs Starters: Chicken Liver Parfait, again with Sourdough and apple chutney As we are both partial to Chicken liver it was an easy choice to make. I was surprise that no palette or petite spoon was made available for the lovely apple chutney, though served in a small dish (plain Ramekin?) it was quite fluid and uncontrolled on the available knife. Other than that, the CLP was most enjoyed. Main: As we both enjoy good seafood, once again the choice was easy, though for me, having tasted Sea bass cooked in many ways (and in a number of Countries) It will be the first time I have tried Roasted. Fish Parmentier: with a side of Petit Pois Haddock, prawns and salmon in a white wine and leek sauce with potato puree and Comte cheese. This was thoroughly enjoyed by my partner and I think the only thing left were a couple of small sweet peas. Roasted Sea Bass: with a side of Gratin Potato 2 Sea Bass fillets (each weighing I would say 90-100gm each), Braised fennel, Champagne beurre blanc and tomato concasse. If I were blindfolded I would find it very hard to say I was eating fish. There was not firmness in the meat of the fish, it was very soft and slightly ‘mushy’. The taste was really, really good, but you could well be eating Sea Bass trimmed fillets from your local Iceland store – as I said, you could not tell you were eating fist. Secondly, fish should fall away from the outer skin as it is ‘pulled’ with a (fish) knife, it did not happen in this case and proved a little messy to deal with – but succeeded in the end. Just what caused this, I have my own idea’s, but will leave that to the Chef(s). Dessert: Tarte Au Citron with crème fraiche and raspberries My foodie partner allowed me to sample a fork full… Oh yes, very tarty and memories came flooding back. Chocolate & Salted Caramel tart with Vanilla ice cream Salted Caramel, something I had never tried until 2 or 3 months back (now another wonderful vice my foodie partner, Jenn has me addicted to). My partner has been here before and adores the place, moi?.... yes, I would come back here again and try (and compare) the Salmon Ratatouille, a dish I came to enjoy with my French family in Le Thor and Lyon. And, before my next birthday.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited here with family and friends on Saturday evening! We had the table booked for a long time in advance which is advisable for a larger number of people. We were shown strait to the table and seated. The food was Ok apart from...my brothers steak which was definitely not medium and still nearly walking - we raised this with them and they apologized and took it off the bill. Overall great service from the team and would go back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great lunch In the Manchester Côte. We went for the à la carte and my choice for starter was French Onion Soup. My lunch partner had the chicken liver parfait. For main she chose Moules Frites and I went for the new...beef bourguignon. We enjoyed all the dishes immensely and decided to have port with cheese to finish. Very, very tasty. Our only disappointment was the fact that the excellent house red, La Lande, has been replaced by a far inferior wine. In fact it felt that all wines had been changed and prices hiked. Crémant by the glass is up too. I always felt this was great value before. We were delighted we hadn't just gone for the set menu on this occasion as we felt having the full run of the menu suited our purposes more. Very nice indeed, although the service charge does raise the cost.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a whisky festival, where do you head to eat in Manchester ? My head said pizza, but then we stumbled across place. And there, lo behold on the menu on the door frame, was steak frites. Well you can't argue with that. One little...beer later, and it came to the table - just what we needed to sate our appetites. Nicely cooked thin steak bavette. Little portion of frites (too little ?). We also had dessert - a very tasty chocolate and caramel tart with a dab of ice cream. Excellent. Not a bad price, and great service for sitting down after 9pm - the staff team were great.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we entered the restaurant we got the impression that is was a bit understaffed, with waiters and waitresses dashing around. We were escorted to our table and informed that several dishes had sold out. This was 7.30pm on a Tuesday night and the restaurant...wasn't full. Our table was situated on a tiled floor area and it was impossible not to notice that it was not very clean. It looked like it had not been cleaned for several days. I ordered a calamari started and when it arrived it looked quite appealing. However, it proved to be very rubbery and difficult to chew through. For mains my daughter ordered the beef cheek bourguinon and I ordered a sirloin steak. When the beef cheek arrived it looked nothing like the photograph presented by the restaurant. Less beef cheek and lots more mash. The amount of sauce provided was pitiful. But my daughter said it was tasty. My steak came with a significant amount of fat around one edge that was very unappealing and that had no taste. I had ordered bearnaise sauce for the steak but was told it was sold out and thankfully the replacement Roquefort butter provided some taste. The chips were basic catering pack chips and the limp watercress was totally bland.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 17 October 2021 via mobile

We booked this location for my 30th birthday and 9 other people. I’m a huge lover of French food however the menu lacked authentic French cuisine, don’t get me wrong it had some French aspects but not as many as other French restaurants. Service was...relatively prompt, friendly and happy. There is no beer on draft, only bottles which was disappointing as they only had two brands as well. The food was nice, probably not value for money though. Dishes could have come with side plates of vegetables. The Fougasse was dry, bland and over cooked. All in all it was a nice meal, not quite fitting for a 30th as I had previously hoped. Overall, everyone from our party said they may return.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 14 October 2021

Our first meal out in Manchester since pre lockdown and it was so good to be back at Cote. Excellent service from our waitress (didn't catch her name but she is a student,new to Manchester, transferred from another Cote). She was really efficient, pleasant and...not overbearing. Mancheter city centre was incredibly busy, with it being a Saturday night, but the atmosphere in Cote was perfect - busy but orderly. Love the lighting and decor, and this restaurant feels authentically French, not like a chain at all. Food was piping hot, fresh and good quality. Service charge is added to the bill, which is a bit irritating as I would have preferred to tip the waitress directly, but overall the price is fair for a quality night outMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2021 via mobile

First time back for 2 years thanks to COVID and pleased to see the standards are as high as they were last time. Service was just right, friendly and left alone when needed. My wife was pleased to see some of the old favorites are...still there, but also some changes. I fancied something lighter after my starter, so went for the vegan burger. Have to say it was superb, and whilst I eat meat, I will definitely be having that againMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 8 October 2021

This was our first visit since the start of the pandemic and it was great to witness that this restaurant had lost none of it's charm. The food was of the highest order and it came with a service to match. For a Thursday lunchtime...the atmosphere was very lively with a real feeling of being somewhere special.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 October 2021

We visited Cote Brasserie last night (1st Oct) for the first time and it most certainly won't be the last. Everything from the pleasant, warm welcome, the beautiful food and the classy ambience was perfect. The starters came out in a good time and were...delicious, but the steaks were just phenomenal, myself and my friend had the sirloin, both cooked perfectly a great size and absolutely delicious, my husband had the fillet and thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was one of the best he has ever had. We had a lovely evening and will definitely be returning in the near future.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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It's on the ground floor, with direct access onto the street, so I can't see it being a problem. There may be a couple of steps up from the street, but I've no doubt their friendly and helpful staff would provide whatever... More
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Yes they have a new menu and it’s 12-7 pm
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I'm a joiner who worked on this fantastic restaurant,, Yes they do have private dining, , classy too,,, i should know i helped build it!!
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