The Guardian’s food critic says that the restaurant at the One New Change development in the City of London, “has acquired what the French call an on dit: a generalised opinion held by pretty much everyone who takes an interest”.”And this is that the food is disappointing, the service slow and the bill expensive. It always feels like a defeat when you agree with an on dit, but it’s sadly accurate,” he says.
Writing in The Times Giles Coren has an even more disappointing experience at the Highgate branch of Côte, the French brasserie concept backed by Richard Caring, describing both his cassoulet and steak as “terrible”. “I had a sirloin. Terrible. Ordered it rare, it came medium to well. The meat was flabby, grey, wan,” he moans.
Tracey Macleod, writing in The Independent, finds innovative food and great value but disjointed service at Tom Van Zeller in Harrogate, while AA Gill returns to Les Deux Salons and says the French bistro is still a good restaurant but adds that it needs to take the kitchen in hand as it’s slipping away.