côte brasserie, london

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amazing french-ish in soho. we have walked past this restaurant constantly in our walks along wardour street – usually to busaba eathai, princi or bringing friends to hummingbird. it is always packed, and tonight we decided to join the crowd.

besides the crowd, the reasonably (and unbelievably low) prices drew us in. we waited 15 minutes for a table for two during a crowded dinner time, which is when I found out that it had an extended dining area as well as a downstairs. service was friendly, prompt and surprisingly attentive, and really made the evening.

at our cosy table, we ordered two starters – calamari coated with breadcrumbs, parsley and lemon as well as mussels could in a white wine cream sauce. they came so quickly – scarily so – and was so fresh. the calamari was tasty and had bite, not rubbery at all; the mussels was sweet, fresh and small and the sauce would have been very good with bread if we had any (we didn’t order any).

for mains, I had a whole roasted seabream – very fresh and a whole meaty fish for slightly over £12. I asked for, and was graciously given, wedges of lemon which complemented the taste of the fish. the beef bourguignon at the other side of the table was very good and tasty even though it wasn’t as impressive as the whole fish.

this is going to be our new favourite haunt in the area, for its price, attentive and friendly waiters, and amazing food. a must-go.

p.s. a tripod is amazing for taking those still non-blur shots in bad (but romantic) restaurant lighting.

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