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Cote Brasserie, London

Visually stunning but a let down

The Thames walkway at Hays Galleria, yards from Cote Brasserie in Tooley Street

Cote Brasserie, The Riverside, Hays Galleria, Tooley Street, London SE1 2HD

RATING: Food 3; Atmosphere (outside 4, inside 2.5); Service 2.5; Toilets 3.5; Website 3.5

I have previously enjoyed eating at Cote in a number of locations and this one is billed as a modern, all-day French brasserie serving regional specialities and traditional food, and it is busy.

I was attracted to the outside area, overlooking the River Thames, but it was rammed. By that time I was hungry and so agreed to go inside. Wrong decision. The noise was overpowering, particularly one woman at a table next to mine (unfortunate), so a bad start.

The tuna starter on flatbread served with a copious quantity of rocket, was tastless. The tuna was dry. It was served on a board – bring back plates, please.

And the chicken which followed (with potatoes) was tasty but overlayed with far too much butter.

My waiter apologised for the length of time it took to serve the starter (a nice touch) which did not help. I can fully understand that Cote wish to maximise their location with plenty of covers, and it is a well-appointed brasserie, but it was spoiled for me by the noise and the speed of the service. Disappointing.