I’ve not been in the least bit surprised at the news of closures, potential and real bankruptcies in the world of chain restaurants in recent news. Overpriced and underwhelming food do not make people happy.
So, it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I agreed to have brunch in the Ealing branch of Cote, a rather elegant and spacious eaterie filled with sunny staff and noticeably handsome dishes being served to a fairly full restaurant.
The breakfast menu was appealingly small and rather enticing. A glutton for eggs Benedicte ( served with juice and a hot drink included in the price – £10.95) and the vegetarian breakfast of two poached eggs, mushroom, spinach, tomato, avocado, sausage and toast for my companion, it arrived in timely fashion, a visual delight for us both.
What is it about that moment when you gently prod an egg to see if the yolk does what it’s supposed to do – ooze elegantly onto the shiny pool of hollandaise, forcing you to grin like a maniac before you dive in with the most unladylike voracity.
Suitably impressed with her veggie breakfast, the pair of us also noticed that the clientele were a happy lot.
The atmosphere at Cote is relaxed, the service attentive without being intrusive and the price incredibly reasonable, a phrase I haven’t used for a long, long, long time.
Chapeau bas !
9-10 The Green
0208 579 3115