Where else can you find a cracking two-course French meal in Covent Garden for £9.95? The Côte brasserie chain—softly lit and decked out with gray-and-white striped awnings, banquettes, and Parisian-style café tables—does the trick, and offers popular meal deals weekdays from noon until 7 pm, weekends from noon until 6 pm. With four choices per course, you'll find all your French brasserie favorites: crêpes with mushrooms and Gruyère cheese, boeuf bourguignonne,
chargrilled Breton chicken, moules marinières (mussels with white wine), steak haché, and iced berries and white chocolate sauce. Service is brisk and friendly, and if you're lucky enough to be attending the nearby Royal Opera House, this is perfect for pre-theater... or post-theater, come to think of it.