Cote Brasserie is a restaurant that I’ve surprisingly never been to before, so when I was contacted by them to try out their new Prestige gluten free menu to celebrate Coeliac Awareness Week last week, I was very excited! In fact, I was extremely happy to find out that Cote Brasserie actually have 3 different gluten free menus, their Prestige, their A La Carte and their Breakfast menu – now that’s what I’m talking about! After looking at the menus before arriving to check that their were dairy free options too (which has become a ritual before I eat out these days), I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food I could eat. If you are unable to eat gluten and dairy like me, you are probably used to having the choice of 1 or 2 dishes on most menus, but with Cote Brasserie I was spoilt for choice!
Upon arrival I was given both the A La Carte and the Prestige gluten free menus. With the Prestige menu, you can order a starter, main and dessert for a set price (dependent on the branch you are eating in), with the choice of around 5 different dishes per course. The Starters included a French onion soup, Asparagus Vinaigrette, Mousse de Canard, Baked Crottin and Moules au Cidre. I chose the French onion soup, which they made without cheese for me so that it was dairy free too, served with gluten free toasted bread. I’m not normally a huge soup fan but was very impressed with how flavoursome and delicious this tasted.
The mains choices created a tough decision for me, there was grilled salmon with ratatouille, chargrilled chicken with fries, roast pork belly with gratin potatoes, spinach and mushroom crepes and ribeye steak. After speaking to the waiter about which ones were able to be made dairy free, he told me that all of them could be adapted to a dairy free version which is fantastic! Everything is made from scratch so it makes these dishes easily adaptable. I finally decided on the ribeye steak with chips and a side of salad, they also swapped out the garlic butter to a dairy free spicy tomato sauce. Jake also picked a gluten free dish, and went for the roast pork belly with gratin potatoes and cabbage, which he thoroughly enjoyed too!
The only course that I was slightly disappointed with was the pudding, although by that point I was very full anyway. The only gluten and dairy free option was fruit and sorbet which although was tasty, a ‘cakey’ option would have been great too! Other gluten free (not dairy free) options included crème caramel, chocolate mousse and ice cream. Despite this, I still really enjoyed my meal, and will definitely be heading back to try their other two menus. I was also very impressed with every course coming out with ‘Gluten Free’ flags, which really does help eliminate any food anxiety that I often experience when eating out! It’s so important to be able to find places to eat out that take cross contamination seriously, and Cote Brasserie really did tick all the boxes.
Options on the gluten free A La Carte menu included risotto, steak frites, roast duck breast, fish stew, salmon, beef bourguignon and more! The breakfast menu includes fruit salad and yoghurt, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and full English breakfast!
Thank you to Cote Brasserie for a delicious meal.