Côte Brasserie, 71-72 High St, Eton, Windsor SL4 6AA, England.
Perfect end to the perfect weekend
For the last night of my wife’s birthday weekend in Windsor we’d made an evening reservation at Côte Brasserie in the expectation that this would equal all other experiences this weekend; we were not disappointed.
After spending the entire morning and afternoon in the castle and the grounds, we grabbed a glass of wine at the Royal Oak pub (opposite the Windsor and Eton Riverside station) before walking to the Côte Brasserie, a further 3 minutes, we arrived 90 minutes early simply on the off chance we were able to slip the reservation to the left and the staff were only too willing, which also enabled us to take full advantage of the splendid views on offer up and down the river.
We chose a Pelforth Blonde (25cl 5.8%) for£3.80 and a Breton Cidre (33cl 5%) at £3.90, these arrived with a complimentary bottle of carbon filtered water which was a nice touch.
For our starter we shared the Freshly Baked Sourdough Baguette with Butter at £2.25 and the Crab Mayonnaise with Avocado, Cucumber, Capers, and Tarragon with Toasted Sourdough Bread at £7.25, the texture and flavour of the crab mayonnaise was a wonderful accompaniment to the cidre and there was more than enough to be taken with the non-toasted sourdough too.
Moving on to the mains my wife selected from the extensive menus the Fish Parmentier, Cod, Haddock, Prawn and Salmon in a Creamy White Wine and Leek Sauce, Topped With Mash Potato and Gruyère Cheese £12.50 along with Braised Minted Peas £2.95, the Gruyère was a splendid addition using the wine to lift the fish from the cream and present a beautiful combination. For myself I chose the Moules Frites, Mussels Cooked With White Wine, Garlic, Shallots, Parsley and Fresh Cream, Served With Frites for £11.95. This sauce, unlike some, had the perfect ratio of wine to cream, something so easily misunderstood; my single criticism of the meal was the amount of salt used on the frites, but I rarely cook with salt and only use it sparingly as seasoning on meat before cooking. Indeed, that is not even a criticism, just a personal preference.
As per the Thai Square, Windsor review I wrote last evening there is an optional, yet non-obligatory gratuity added to the bill, this time 12.5% and, as per last evening I found absolutely no reason not to pay this plus also rounding up the price.
Having never stepped into a Côte Brasserie previously I was pleased to discover we have one in Bath and we shall most definitely be in attendance.
In summary, the perfect end to the perfect weekend.
Originally posted on TripAdvisor