To celebrate my recent Birthday we decided to go to the Theatre in London to see The Bodyguard and I also wanted to take the family out for a pre theatre meal. For most people this is an easy task. For me, a little more difficult. Having multiple intolerances makes eating out very difficult, gluten, yeast and onions a tricky combination.
Côte Restaurant was recommended to me as being Coeliac friendly. I sent Côte an email asking for a little more information. Charlotte from Côte was very helpful, she sent me a list of gluten free dishes.
here it is!
Seasonal homemade Soup
Prawn Gratine ( ask for no croutons )
Roquefort salad ( ask for no croutons )
Smoked salmon ( ask for no dressing or sourdough bread )
Crab mayonnaise ( ask for no bread )
Main course options-
Chicken and walnut salad ( ask for no croutons )
Fish parmentier ( suprisingly! )
Roast duck breast
1/2 Chicken ( garlic, provencale and mushroom sauce all ok )
Steaks are all ok ( roquefort butter, bearaise and peppercorn sauce all ok )
Goats cheese salad ( ask for no crostini )
Rump of lamb
Chocolate pot ( from set menu )
We arrived at Côte near Covent garden Tavistock street at 5.45pm and were shown to our table at the furthest corner of the restaurant. Booth type seating, quite cosy for 6 of us. We were welcomed by our waiter who then went to fetch us some water. Sadly this did take a long while to turn up, maybe if we had been ordering wine etc it would have arrived more quickly. We ordered our food, I chose 1/2 Chicken with garlic butter and Frites, I was beyond excited about the frites, I cannot remember the last time I had proper french thin fries. Charlotte was able to reassure me that the frites are cooked in a separate fryer, brilliant news. No idea why more restaurants don’t do this.
The family chose Duck, Cassoulet, Moules, Steak and Chicken. The water arrived in unusual earthenware pots which was novel.
The food arrived quickly and everything looked amazing, My 1/2 chicken was absolutely delicious especially with the garlic butter and the Frites definitely lived up to my expectations, glad I ordered an extra side of Frites for the table ( for me really ) Everyone enjoyed their meal choices and we will be booking a return meal at Côte Restaurant very soon. Fortunately there are nearer Côte restaurants to us in Surrey.
It was the first meal in a while that I felt totally confident that it really would be gluten free, which makes such a difference to the evening for myself and the family.
The one thing I could see that could be improved upon would be the addition of a GF sign next to each meal choice that is gluten free. I imagine this would be very easy to do.
I would never have chosen this restaurant If It hadn’t been recommended as I saw no sign of gluten free choices. Not everyone has time to email these restaurants in advance, I took along 5 customers to Côte because I knew I could eat there, worth other Restaurants remembering!
I can definitely recommend Côte Restaurants to fellow Coeliacs and those who are gluten intolerant .
Maybe by the time You visit the gluten free options will be clearly marked on the menu.
The Bodyguard musical at the Adelphi Theatre was very good. Many of the best known Whitney Houston songs sung by Beverley Knight. If you are a fan of Whitney or the film The Bodyguard its worth a visit. The Côte restaurant is nice and close for a pre theatre meal too.
October 2014 – Côte now has a gluten free menu in all restaurants