Restaurant Review: Cotidie, W1

11:26 26 April 2012

The interior is upmarket bistro

The interior is upmarket bistro

Archant

»Cotidie, which means ‘everyday’ in Latin, is a new Italian joint on Marylebone High Street, in the spot until recently occupied by Café Luc.

Restaurant info:

Cotidie

50 Marylebone High Street

W1U 5HN

Tel: 020 7258 9878

Web: www.cotidierestaurant.com

Mains: from £13

Wine: from £22

Children welcome: Yes

Disabled access: Yes

Award-winning Italian chef Bruno Barbieri is behind this venture and it is anything but everyday in terms of price or quality.

The layout is upmarket bistro, and the staff plentiful and very helpful. Jackets are taken, wine and water constantly topped up and so on.

Relaxed

One nice feature about the place is the oval tables, which mean you sit side-by-side in a relaxed informal fashion rather than facing each other – though this is probably more desirable if you are on a date than going with a pal.

On the Maitre D’s recommendation we ordered an excellent ansitz pfitscher and sipped it as we waited for our food.

As is the norm with more expensive restaurants, chef sent a few extra treats to get us going – a tasty morsel of octopus and some twice-fried chicken, which was lovely but quite hard to eat daintily.

Then came the starters and one of best appetisers I have had this year – scrambled eggs served in their shell with a hazelnut and gorgonzola topping.

Rich and uncommonly satisfying – scorch marks on the shell made me assume they had been finished with a blow torch. An inventive and fantastic morsel of food.

The steak tartare, which was tender and lightly cured, came with an intriguing pistachio fondue.

Our mains were also very good. The sea bream was reserved and elegant, with mozzarella and aubergine on the side, and the duck was deep and toothsome, with a complimentary sweet jus.

The worthy desserts were Bruno’s Macchiavelli, an indulgent ice cream and cream fusion, and the Fried Beignets, essentially mini doughnuts filled with custard, which tasted great but were quite heavy for my delicate constitution.

The food at Cotidie is of a very high standard and, while it isn’t cheap, there are enough exciting and memorable moments to make it worth shelling out.

Related articles

Latest Stories

7 minutes ago
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Read more
28 minutes ago
Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Read more
This version of the classic London Underground map shows the West Bank, the territory that Israel and Palestine have been fighting over for decades [Photo from Imgur, creator unknown]

This is the Underground map as you’ve never seen it before.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more