Cote restaurant on Charlotte Street has long been a haunt of the Big M & D and my godfather, given its great value set menu and proximity to both flats.
This was my first time and as the title of this blog suggests it was very pleasant, but there was no real substance.
Now, I know I’ve been hugely spoilt in the past and have got used to charming the staff so they make a fuss of me, but I was all but ignored – despite my best efforts. That said, they were accommodating and allowed us to move some tables so my buggy could be unobtrusively parked next to the table. I was also offered a high chair, but given I had already eaten and it was nap time, I politely declined.
Unfortunately our table was also near the cutlery tray so every few minutes I was jolted awake. Not at all the restaurant’s problem but if I had known I would have chosen somewhere else to sit.
I can’t complain, everything was adequate, but it lacked any kind of charm. I imagine babies don’t feature in their core target market but service with a smile would have been nice.
Today was a momentous occasion. In March the Big M was diagnosed with cancer. But today, after chemo and radiotherapy she was given the all clear! Hooray!! She’ll be relieved not to have to go back to Macmillan Cancer Centre, but the building is pretty spectacular. Here I am peering over the atrium.
The Big M was a bit nervous so we went out for lunch first before the appointment. We went to an old favourite Black & Blue on Mortimer Street, near UCH. It’s great as you can sit outside on their large terrace and there is plenty of room for the buggy. Plus they have patio heaters so if it’s a bit chilly you can still eat al fresco. This was good for my nap! I felt as snug as a bug in a rug. I’m told the food is good too and the staff really attentive. I’m sure we’ll be back soon as the big M and D rave about the steak and caesar salad!
Yesterday we went to The Pudding Bar, a pop up in Soho as the Big M and D had a play date with their friends. What could be better than a restaurant that just serves pudding?! And what delights, the puddings looked and tasted amazing. I was allowed a bit of strawberry from an Eton mess.
It’s a nifty concept, but despite the menu, not one for kids. The proverbial cat would have trouble squeezing in and the stairs would make Ranulph Fiennes gulp. Definitely one to leave my fellow whippersnappers at home.
The sun is shining so what better way to spend the day than having a stroll down the Thames, taking in the sights. From Blackfriars all the way down to St Katherine’s Dock via Tower Bridge. Did you know that in 1968 Arizona purchased the old London Bridge allegedly thinking they were buying Tower Bridge? Ooppps!!!
The Big M and D were complaining about being hungry so we had a pit stop at Ping Pong, a dim sum restaurant, on St Katherine’s Dock (photo below – its part of a chain by the way; there are a number of them dotted around town). The Big M and D are loyalty card holders so they got free cocktails and prawn crackers. That kept them quiet. I liked the prawn crackers! The staff were amazing. Despite being really busy they let us sit at a table for four so I could have a high chair and park my buggy next to the table. Every time our waitress went past she talked to me and made a fuss of me; she’s my new best friend! Eventually it all got a bit too much so I retired to my buggy for a nap. When I woke up the Big M and D had finally stopped eating, from what I gather the cha sui buns and chicken and cashew nut steamed dumplings were their favourites. We checked out the facilities and I’m happy to report that they were clean and spacious enough for an easy nappy change. We’ll definitely be back soon as it was really fun people watching and looking at all the boats in the harbour.