City Dweller Paul Mattison jumps at the opportunity to check out Côte Brasserie at Trinity Leeds and see what all the fuss is about
Having being given the unexpected opportunity to check out the latest swanky addition to the Trinity Leeds culinary scene, I jumped at the chance to sample the lunchtime menu at Côte Brasserie.
This stylish eatery inspired by the brasseries and bistros of Paris offers relaxed all-day dining and serves authentic French Classic cuisine. Having eaten previously at Côte Brasserie in London I was looking forward to visiting again but this time on my own doorstep in Leeds.
As I first entered, I scanned the room and saw that the place catered for everyone with couples, families and lone diners all soaking up the atmosphere. The interior has an authentic French feel to it and the eating space is very pleasant and well laid out.
Having being seated and attended to by the friendly staff, I was literally spoilt for choice by the menu which offered a wide range of delicious sounding dishes. With two courses for £10.95 and three at £12.95, their Lunch and Early Evening Menu is served between 12pm and 7pm, Monday to Friday and is fantastic value.
I narrowed it down and chose the Prawn Gratin (king prawns in a white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with Toasted Garlic and parsley croutons) to start followed by the Piquant Chicken (chargrilled chicken breast with harissa, warm white bean salad, cherry tomatoes and rocket).
My starter arrived quickly and I was impressed by the presentation and the taste was as delicious as it sounded on the menu. Just enough time then before the main course arrived, as the portion sizes are very generous. This dish was equally as tasty and the piquant flavour had a quite a kick.
My colleague, who is vegetarian, ordered the Roasted Vine-Ripened Tomato Soup, which can be served hot or chilled and comes with a delicious warm bread roll to compliment it perfectly. For his main, he chose the Spinach and Mushroom Crepes which arrives with wild mushrooms and Gruyere Cheese which I was told was mouth-wateringly delicious and the empty plate said it all.
An array of tempting desserts were available, which included Dark Chocolate Pot, Creme Caramel, Peach Compote with a butter crumble and lots more, but in the interests of my waistline and the fact that I was quite full up I decided to decline these and leave them to try on my next visit, which hopefully will be very soon.
I loved it & I’m sure you will too!
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