We visited Côte in Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Côte is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, offering a wonderful menu of authentic French dishes.
The group currently have 74 restaurants across the UK, all accredited by Coeliac UK, therefore safe for anyone with coeliac disease.
We were invited to visit the recently opened Cirencester restaurant to find out more and try some of the dishes. We found the restaurant easily and had received a very warm welcome. The restaurant had a really lovely atmosphere and ambiance and all the staff was extremely helpful.
We asked for a gluten free menu of course, there is plenty to choose from! The staff is very well trained when it comes to coeliac, gluten free or allergy friendly dining and knew what we needed immediately.
We were presented with some delicious gluten free bread and butter and also some olives while we studied the menu. The majority of the dishes are naturally gluten free or can easily be altered, Côte you don’t feel like you are missing out. There is a great selection of dishes to choose from, most are French classics. There are a lot of fish and seafood options and several duck dishes. There are also some light mains on offer such as risotto and lots of sauces that are gluten free. Even the Day’s Specials had gluten free options. Côte really has really nailed gluten free dining!
For starters we chose the Crab Mayonnaise with avocado, cucumbers, capers and gluten free toast. We also tried the Prawn Gratinee which is king prawns starter with wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce. Both starters were delicious and a large portion too.
Once we had chosen our mains, we were offered expert advice on which is the best wine to go with our dishes – and the sommelier couldn’t have been more right. The wine that I had with my Braised lamb shank (which came with mustard & potato pure and veal & rosemary sauce) complimented the dish perfectly. The meal itself was delicious, the meat lovely and tender & the sauce beautiful and silky.
My colleague Angela chose the Poulet Grille – chargrilled butterflied chicken breast with wild mushroom, creme fraiche sauce with gratin potato. This was wonderfully prepared and the recommended white wine complemented the dish perfectly. We also had a selection of fresh vegetables on the table which wasn’t only tasty but looked really pretty too!
There is no shortage of gluten free desserts at Côte’s. There were ice-creams and sorbets, chocolate mousse, creme brûlée, cheese, frozen berries with white chocolate sauce – plenty to choose from! We went with the Chocolate pot (dark chocolate pot with crème fraîche) and the ice cream. Both desserts were really lovely and light and as a Friday night treat we finished our meals with some sweet liquor.
The restaurant is wonderful and great for a romantic dinner for too, perfect to visit with a party of friends but kids were very welcome too. We found the dishes reasonably priced too.
We are looking forward to visiting Côte again!
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