I have been here before for dinner both as a couple and as a foursome and on all occasions have found it to be a pleasant place to eat although I have in the past begrudgingly paid the added on service charge of 12.5%.
We arrived at 9.15 and the waitress invited us to take a choice of any seat which is a much more pleasant start than "You will sit there!" Off to a good start then.
We both ordered Americano and foolishly I had not read the menu properly as I had not seen the fact that we could have had a cafitiere. As it happened the coffee was not too bad but the cups could have been bigger. Why not "breakfast" cups for people that are having breakfast. The cups that are used are designed for after dinner - surely a cup of coffee with breakfast needs to be appreciably bigger than a post dinner cup. Still, we can but hope! The coffee arrived in double quick time and it was nice to be asked whether we wanted hot or cold milk. We also asked for some hot water which came in the same jugs as the milk and were of a decent size. Full marks to the waitress who noticed that the milk in my coffee had curdled and promptly exchanged it for a fresh cup with fresh milk. She remarked that it was a new bottle of milk and was puzzled as to how it got to that state. Left in the sun maybe?
We ordered French Breakfast and Eggs Royale from the Breakfast menu. These both arrived in a reasonable amount of time. My wife was a bit puzzled as to what the Boudin Noir in the French Breakfast was - I had guessed that it might be a French take on Black Pudding - and after the waitress explained what it was ie Black Pudding with apple "a la francais" my wife decided that she would pass on it. I did try it and I must say that it tasted much nicer than English Black Pudding which I have tried on a few occasions in the past but now "pass" when it is available. You could certainly taste the apple in the Boudin Noir! The waitress suggested that in future the Boudin Noir could be substituted with an extra mushroom or something else which we will bear in mind for the future.
Note to Cote management - it might be an idea to expalin on the menu what Boudin Noir is to those who don't speak fluent french. I speak passable french but have never come acros this item before.
The Eggs Royale were nice and only note was that the hollandaise sauce was slightly "strong". A personal preference maybe.
All in all it was a very nice experience and we will definitely return for breakfast - remembering to order the cafitiere and avoid the Boudin Noir. It will be nice to be able to avoid the dreadful ubiquitous Americano and have a cafitiere instead. French restaurant = French Coffee n'est ce pas?
A much nicer dining experience that its competitor Bills which is less than 100 yards away!
On this occasion as the waitress provided such excellent service, I didn't mind paying the 12.5% service charge. Isn't that how it should be rather than 12.5% flatly added on?
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