Had a bite at A Cote on College Ave. in Rockridge today. It was extremely good, and a place I plan to frequent often.
Since A Cote is a French 'tapas' place, we ordered three small plates. The broccoli rabe came first, and it was heavenly, infused with chili flakes and lemon zest. A couple of minutes later, the waiter brought our grilled steak, cooked perfectly (medium rare), with a side of the most heavenly potato gratin i'd ever tasted. Last came the pommes frites, which were served with a side of aioli.
While the pommes frites were scrumptious, the aioli, which tasted too mayonaisse-y, didn't really cut it. When we asked for ketchup, though, we were told rather rudely that there was "no ketchup in the house". I was surprised; I mean, pommes frites are, essentially, FRENCH FRIES...which are quite often served with ketchup (perhaps not in France, but then, this isn't exactly traditional French food... they do bill themselves as a "tapas" restaurant). Also, I don't quite understand why 'aioli' (which at A Cote is unfortunately more like plain mayonaisse) is somehow more gourmet than ketchup...i would think they would at least keep some housemade ketchup on hand to serve in ramekins.
Whatever. I won't be ordering the fries again, but I'll go back any day of the week for the broccoli rabe and the amazing steak. And their scallops with proscuitto and frisee is next on my list to try. :)