We were looking for a place for dinner last night and I came across Cote Sud online. 3-course prix fixe for $25 plus a coupon for a free glass of champagne (valid for party of four or less). I browsed the menu and liked what I saw. So, 7:30 reservations were made for 4.
Parking is a major pain in that area. However, we were lucky to spot someone just pulling out a block from the restaurant. The first thing we noticed was that it was on the second floor, must climb stairs! It isn't a big deal usually, except one in the party is 6 months pregnant. Good thing she's still in shape to climb the stairs. I'm not sure if there's an elevator, therefore don't know if it's handicap accessible.
We were promptly seated at the balony (closed balony surrounded by glass) when we arrived. Though the staff was pleasant, service isn't very efficient. When we sat down, one person came and asked if we wanted water. We said we did and glasses were brought out a few minutes later. 5 minutes or so after, the waiter arrived. He saw that we had the coupons so he took those away and came back with the champagne. I thought he was going to take our order but he just gave us the champagne and went on his way. At this point we've been sat down for 15 minutes. Another 5-10 minutes went by, he came back and took our order. Another 5 minutes, the person who brought us water arrived with a tray of bread. She put warm pieces of baguette on our bread plate, one per person. The bread has a nice crust but the bottom was a little charred, probably due to reheating in the oven. I had to leave the bottom part because I didn't want to consume not-so-good tasting carbs.
On to the meal. First course: Braised escargots served on a skewer with 'Tomates Provençales', Sardine Tart, Salmon marinated in honey and mint, Salad with seafood and pesto vinaigrette. I had the sardine tart, which was good. 3 filets of sardine on top of a thin crepe like disk. The sardines were good, but nothing extraordinary. The crepe was a little soggy in the middle. I also had a little of the escargo and really like it, especially the tomatoes. I didn't hear anything about the salmon, just know that it was gone pretty quick. The only complaint was that the seafood salad had a think disk of avacado mixture on the bottom, which was not listed on the menu. More bread.
I think we were all very happy with our entrees. 2 orders of Filet Mignon in a green peppercorn sauce, Braised rabbit with fresh herbs, and Duck confit with lentils and smoked bacon. The duck was wonderful. The skin was perfectly crisp and the meat was very juicy and tender. I wasn't fond of the pool of lentil that it was sat on though. I didn't try the rabbit (because I own 2 and didn't want the guilt) but the vegetables that it come with was flavorful. My husband said it was very tender and delicious. The filet mignon looked really good and I heard some yums from the diners. The only thing was that though both were ordered middle rare, one came out more rare than the other.
On to dessert. 3 orders of Moelleux au Chocolat and a Ile Flottante, fruits de la passion. The chocolate items were warm little soft center chocolate cakes. They weren't the best we've had but were still good. I had to choose the other, a meringue floating on top of passion fruit "soup" with some raspberries. The meringue was nice and light, but the passion fruit soup was a little tart, especially after a bite of the chocolate cake. But all in all, we were full and happy.
I will most likely return to Cote Sud. It wasn't perfect but I can't complaint with those prices.
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