Cote Beassiere is a wonderful French restaurant that doesn’t get enough credit. Hidden just behind the main road to Deansgate and next to a very sweet little park, Cote Brassiere celebrates everything French and fabulous- including a very tasty and diverse Pre-Theatre dining menu.
Serving up classic French dishes as well as some well loved classics, everyone in your group will find something they love on the menu.
We started off with some fresh french bread, salted butter and a selection of olives, complimented by a lovely glass of rose wine. The french know their wines, and the wine list is so extensive beyond my knowledge of grapes, so the waiter is always on hand to recommend one that goes well with your choice of food.
For starters, I went for the warm ratatouille with goats cheese and chargrilled bread. It was heavenly, and the crunch of the chargrilled bread compared to the softness of the tomato and goats cheese was a party for the tastebuds. I just wanted more!
My guest chose the calamari from the main menu. The squid was covered in breadcrumbs, then sautéed in garlic, lemon and parsley and the flavours were powerful but not overbearing. It was served with a tarter sauce in a hot skillet, which makes the dish that little bit fancier and perfect for that Instagram worthy photo!
For my main course, I chose the pan roasted breaded chicken breast, served with Provençale sauce, rocket and lemon with a side of gratin potato. The sauce was gorgeous, with black olives and the chicken was cooked to perfection. The potato was creamy and the perfect side to the chicken.
My guest went for the steak, and to put simply – it was cooked to perfection! Served with thick cut chips and a side of French beans – the peppercorn sauce was gorgeous!
If Lewis’s face isn’t enough to tell you how tasty the food here was, I don’t know what will!
After having my arm twisted, I decided to go for a pudding as well (let’s all be honest, I didn’t tast that much convincing). I chose the tarte au citron, which was served with Normandie creme fraîche. Sometimes, lemon tartes can be too sharp, but luckily this was just right.
My guest chose the classic creme brulee, which has the perfect crack as Lewis broke the caramelized top. Smooth, sweet and perfect.
Lewis and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and look forward to returning to Cote with our friends to try more of their menu.
4-12 St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB