On Friday night, I headed to the Theatre Royal Windsor with my family to see Stone Cold Murder, a thriller by James Cawood. Ordinarily when seeing a play, we're each in a hurry rushing from other commitments, however on this occasion we planned ahead to enjoy an early pre-dinner at Côte Brasserie beforehand. Their inspiration for both food and design of their restaurants is a 'modern interpretation of the many famous bistros of Paris' and well.. mission accomplished, I'd say!
The restaurant's location was ideal and no more than a three minute walk from the Theatre Royal Windsor, which was just as well considering the South of England received a lifetime's worth of rain on Friday! Although it may have been pouring with rain, it was still rather warm given the time of year and so it was a pleasant surprise to find some of the floor-length windows open to allow a light breeze to sweep through the restaurant. Speaking of sweeping through, there were various seating areas available to dine in and each with very different views. I've got to admit, I was grateful a member of my family had specified a seating preference upon booking as it meant we dined in the 'main circle' overlooking the river, rather than the more tightly-packed area overlooking the high street.
There were plenty of options on the menu that caught my eye - including both veal and steak dishes seen in this post - however considering Côte Brasserie also have restaurants in Winchester, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus and various other locations, I have a feeling there'll be many more opportunities to sample the rest of their menu!
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The dessert menu absolutely blew me away. My usual dessert menu sweep sees me browse up and down and until I eventually find something half-decent to order. On this occasion, there were four options that had me stalling, including the Créme Brulée and chocolate fondant pudding. I eventually settled on the chocolate fondant pudding, knowing if the standard was up to the level of the chicken, it'd be delicious. Honestly, if you ever have a spare moment and you find yourself near a Côte Brasserie restaurant, nip in and order the chocolate fondant pudding because you won't be disappointed. It was warm, thick and hands down the best dessert I've had all summer.
Overall, the menu, service and ambience made for a wonderful meal.. though somehow it still didn't manage to prevent me from working my way through an entire packet of Liquorice Allsorts as the gripping Stone Cold Murder played out before me!