By: Filza Jawad Hai
A customer is the reason for everything a restaurant does and considers their satisfaction as the utmost priority. Nothing is more luxurious than dining in a fine restaurant, which creates such a satisfying experience.
Cote Rotie, located in Alliance Francaise, Kehkashan, Clifton, is the excellent choice to go when you’re craving for some delicious home-made food in a rustic European style ambience. The interior leaves no doubt that it is a French restaurant—the white walls and furniture, subtle lighting, European style paintings and lamps gives it a contemporary French bistro look. The restaurant is quite spacious to accommodate people indoor and outdoor.
Yet again Cote Rotie astounds me with their incredible dishes. It has become the second best restaurant for steaks in town. Not only has this place impressed me with their steaks but also amazed me with their wonderful pastas and desserts.
We had started off with their in-house freshly baked Artisanal bread served with home-made garlic and sundried tomatoes butter. Balsamic vinegar and Olive-oil justified the fine taste of breads effortlessly.
Next up was the ultimate mean looking Steak Frites, words are simply not enough to describe how beautifully that piece of meat was cooked. The steak was accompanied by their home-made herbed butter and sauce on the side, although that steak was so good on its own that it didn’t require any addition sauce or flavor. It had the right temperature and texture, exactly how I wanted. The beef was so tender that my knife was smoothly cutting through every bite. The best choice among the sides were their perfectly cooked sweet potato fries. The steak created a classically gratifying experience in such a nominal price.
Sliced roast beef with morel mushroom sauce is a must try: delicious succulent slices slowly cooked and lightly grilled, forming a little crust of the rub paste from the outside and tender and moist from the inside. Besides the roast beef was a bowl of warm sauce enriched with intense morel mushroom flavor. That sauce truly complimented the texture and flavor of the roast beef quite well.
Another very intriguing dish on their menu was Linguine with wild mushroom sauce. A very sophisticated French delicacy made with the choice of selective flavors one won’t regret paying for. The flavor of shitake mushrooms in creamy sauce and parmesan shaving on the top was spectacular, you would literally want to wipe the platter clean.
The fourth main was Penne with basil pesto and summer vegetables with shrimps added in it. This dish is solely for those who have an acquired taste of basil pesto sauce, which certainly overpowers the entire dish. However, the intense flavor of the sauce is well-balanced by the sweetness and richness of shrimps, crunchy vegetables and scopes of cream cheese garnished on the top. Overall a very urbane and cultured dish that probably the French cuisine lovers would enjoy thoroughly.
Amazingly, even after such a lavish meal we managed to keep some space for dessert. The list of their desserts seemed so tempting, especially the Flourless Chocolate Cake and Flourless Almond Coconut cake, that it was hard to choose any one. After a long debate we decided to go for Flourless Almond Coconut cake. This cake was the winner item of the night. Not only did it look wonderful it tasted delicious. It was a warm, light and fluffy slice of cake garnished with sweet almonds on top. This dessert literally made my day.
Our very sweet waiter was courteous enough to serve us with a complimentary slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake as well (perhaps he had heard us juggling between Flourless Coconut cake and Flourless Almond Coconut cake). It was a well-made chocolaty dessert, smooth from the inside and crumbly from the outside, and decadent with a well-judged level of sweetness.
The staff was highly commendable for being extremely courteous and making my second experience even better than the first one. Our server was quite helpful in making sure we were comfortably seated. As soon as I was seated they provided me with a small table on the side to keep my bag (rarely done by any restaurant in Karachi). Since we chose to sit outside, even though the weather was not that great, our server had lit up mosquito mats so that we weren’t bothered by mosquitoes around us. The most appreciated gesture of his was to serve us a slice of complimentary flourless chocolate cake, on behalf of the restaurant, with the Flourless Almond coconut cake we had ordered.
Verdict: If you’re ready to spend money on quality food in a fine dining sophisticated ambiance and an outstanding service, then Cote Rotie is highly recommended. This place is undeniably one of the finest dine outs in Karachi with the true essence of French cuisine.