- Telephone 0141 248 1022
- Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–11pm; Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–10:30pm.
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–11pm; Sat 9am–11pm; Sun 9am–10.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–7pm
- Average price £10.95 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
- Website cote-restaurants.co.uk
French bistro chain offering simple French food, slickly served in a cool, Parisian-esque setting.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
From first glances on the very un-Parisian Renfield Street, Côte’s black-and white awning hints at the French décor awaiting. Despite being a chain, Côte’s cool interior feels a world away from a homogenous concept that’s been rolled-out nationwide. Chic lighting, dark booths and classic furniture give the feel that the restaurant arrived in the city years before the summer of 2015, adding a touch of class to this inauspicious part of town. Other touches bolster this impression further – intimate service, plus ingredients sourced from Scottish firms such as Campbells Prime Meat, both help the brasserie segue comfortably into Glasgow’s dining scene. Starters fare well, with France’s equivalent of our Stornoway black pudding, boudin noir, a good match to a second hit of sweetness from caramelised apples. Main courses are a little on the predictable side, yet poulet Breton – a half roasted chicken reared in Brittany – works well as a simple supper paired with frites and a side of braised minted peas. Cool simplicity is what the French excel in, and for that, Côte has it covered.
- High point: A genuinely cool setting oozing Parisian chic
- Low point: Food doesn't quite match the interior
- Notable dish: Boudin noir (black pudding) with caramelised apples and poached egg
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chilled, atmospheric tunes
- Capacity: 160
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: July 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle