Fine dining food at reasonable price and without pomp!
After a beautiful day in the woods of the Irish Heritage Centre, we decided that we would have dinner around 6.00 at a mainly seafood restaurant. La Cote, overlooking Wexford harbour, seemed to tick all the boxes and it indeed did.
The restaurant is smallish, approx 30-35 seats, and smartly decorated in fresh greys and blues and local themed paintings. There was no loud music so one could actually hold a conversation. The staff were plentiful and pleasant and service was excellent.
The wine list was extensive and carried a good selection from S. Africa, US, Chile and Europe.
The restaurant opens from 5.30 till 9.00 but for special periods e.g. Wexford Opera Festival, the hours are extended.
Now , for the food. We were presented with Early Bird and A La Carte menus. Both provided an excellent selection to choose from. We were also told that vegetarian and coeliac options were also available. At this stage some delicious breads arrived. My favourite was the walnut sourdough, freshly baked, and just like a sponge cake but with a nice crisp crust. I should say at this point that virtually everything on the menu is freshly made from scratch in house, down to the little crackers on the cheeseboard and the ice cream.
All of the dishes we chose were excellent - Starters :fish risotto with nettle pesto and beetroot wafers of goat's cheese: Mains: Glazed Duck breast with gratin potatoes and broccoli and Lemon sole with carrot puree and lemon reduction. Dessert was a very unusual beetroot cake with a cinnamon infused crust that resembled a chocolate coating accompanied by freshly made ice cream that my wife raved over. I had a cheeseboard which was generous, had a nice selection and came with grapes, crab apple puree and very nice in-house crackers. very nice overall. We will be back for sure, next time in Wexford.