Côte Brasserie, Blackheath, London

On Mothering Sunday I took the opportunity to visit Côte Brasserie in Blackheath. My original plan had been to take mum for a stroll around Greenwich Park and then head across the common for lunch, but the torrential rain put paid to that!

Instead, we escaped the deluge and plunged into the warm and cosy restaurant. Soaked coats were whisked away, we were shown quickly to our table, and glasses of champagne were handed to us with a smile.

We had a healthy appetite, and both started with Crab Maison which was served with crunchy sourdough bread. The fresh crab was mixed with avocado, cucumber, capers, shallots and mayo – delicious! It’s the small touches here which make the difference – thinly sliced radish, delicate sprigs of parsley and presentation en pointe.

For main course I chose the Breton Fish Stew – a glorious combination of mussels, squid, prawns and fish in a light tomato and chilli broth, whilst mum plumped for the Fish Parmentier – (fish pie) – with haddock, prawns and salmon. Topped with creamy potato puree and a Comte cheese crust it really hit the comfort spot! Portions at Côte Brasserie are just right, flavours amazing and cooking perfect.

We had a little room for pudding and so chose the Café Gourmand to share: three mini desserts of a lemon macaron, madeleine and a chocolate fondant accompanied by a double espresso.

Just as we were leaving we were each presented with a pink heart-shaped box of Charbonnel and Walker Pink Marc de Champagne truffles – a lovely surprise and the perfect end to a delicious meal.

If you are in the area we highly recommend a visit.

Côte Brasserie Blackheath
15-16 Royal Parade, Blackheath, London SE3 0TL
www.cote.co.uk/restaurant/blackheath