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Côte restaurants launch creative new Spring Menu designed by Gordon Ramsay’s former executive chef Steve Allen

Special focus on fresh seasonal ingredients highlighting the best of French cuisine 

Côte restaurants have launched their most creative Spring menu designed by Gordon Ramsay’s former executive chef Steve Allen.

The highly respected chef who has worked at Michelin starred restaurants joined Cote last year and has focused on fresh seasonal ingredients to showcase classic French cuisine.

Steve’s new menu additions celebrate La Saison Délicieuse with a collection of timeless dishes, sharing plates, seasonal spritzers and French classics with a Côte twist. 

The result is a beautiful and innovative new menu which says Au revoir to winter and officially welcomes Spring with the fresh selection of seasonal delights. 

Côte believes the best way to feast is with friends and family which is the basis for the Spring menu. Steve has elevated La Cuisine Française at Côte with the new dishes, created with produce from trusted British and French producers. 

To celebrate the French tradition of sharing enjoy the varied tastes of the new ‘For the Table’ dishes. Begin with Cote’s classic Charcuterie Board, a satisfying selection of Bayonne ham, truffle saucisson and coppa ham, served with sharp cornichons, Brittany salt butter and a crusty sourdough baguette. 

Try the perfectly baked Camembert, which comes with a herb and lemon breadcrumb crust, honey marinated cherry tomatoes and Cote’s freshly baked sourdough baguette. The Cheese Gougères are not to be missed, perfect flaky, golden baked choux buns and Emmental cheese served with tangy Dijon mustard mayonnaise. 

Oh, and the Smoked Salmon and Potato Croquettes are made with yellow peppers, dill and red onions, coated in golden breadcrumbs. Pour le table, toute suite!

The hero of the Starters is the cheese Soufflé which Steve designed for a little extra luxury. No dish says indulgence à la française like a classic Cheese Soufflé and while most soufflés are made with Comté, Steve has given this elegant Normandy classic an indulgent twist. Cote’s is made with rich, creamy Camembert, topped with a golden cheese crust and paired with a punchy mustard and chive cream sauce for that extra je ne sais quoi. 

For the new Mains try the Roasted Lamb Rump. Springtime and lamb going hand in hand. This perfectly tender, blushing pink free-range grass fed lamb rump is an all-time classic hailing from Nice and served with ratatouille. This moreish vegetable stew gets its name from ‘rata’, which means large chunks, and ‘touille’, which means ‘to toss’. Steve has kept Cote’s traditional, combining aubergine, courgette, peppers, onions and perfectly sweet tomatoes. And to top off the whole soirée, a salty black olive tapenade and fragrant basil.

And a highlight of the new desserts is the Elderflower & Strawberry Crème Brûlée. Steve created a springtime twist on a traditional Crème Brûlée. Literally translating to ‘burnt cream’, this is perhaps France’s most celebrated dessert, and has been satisfying sweet tooths since 1691. Cote’s has all the trappings of a classic – creamy, smooth texture, the perfect golden brown, sugary crust – but is made with smooth vanilla and the delicate taste of elderflower. Topped with a juicy strawberry, elderflower and basil salad. Could there be a better way to say ‘bonjour spring’?

These are just a few of the new dishes, the full spring menu can be found below.

Cote’s Executive chef Steve Allen has worked at Michelin starred restaurants, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Petrus and he opened Gordon Ramsay at Claridges which won a Michelin star within its first year.

During Steve’s time at Claridges, where he went from Junior Sous Chef to Head Chef and then Executive Chef, he worked on all of Gordon Ramsay’s books From “Secret’s” to “World Kitchen”.

Steve said of Cote’s new menu: “I have been cooking French cuisine since the age of 13 and this menu is a reflection of everything I love about French food in the Spring.  Our main focus is and always will be about the  taste of our food at Cote.  Simple, yet complex and delicious.”

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Roasted Lamb Rump

FOR THE TABLE

Cheese Gougères V

Baked choux buns with Dijon mustard

Smoked Salmon Croquettes

Red pepper aioli

Baked Camembert V

Honey tomatoes, toasted sourdough baguette

Charcuterie Board

Bayonne ham, truffle saucisson, Coppa ham, cornichons, toasted sourdough baguette

STARTERS

Cheese Soufflé V

A twice-baked Camembert soufflé with a chive & mustard sauce

Tomato Tarte Fine V

Puff pastry, tapenade, caramelised red onion, goat’s cheese cream

Salade Rachel VG

Artichokes, fennel, mangetout, French beans, truffle mayonnaise, sourdough croutes

MAINS

Sea Bream Nantais

Roasted chicken velouté, samphire, courgettes, new potatoes

Confit Duck Bigarade

Glazed golden beetroot, fennel, mangetout, bitter orange sauce

Roasted Lamb Rump

With ratatouille, tapenade & basil. Recommended medium

Quiche aux Champignons V

Mushroom & thyme quiche, watercress, tomato & courgette salad, frites

Tomato Tarte Fine V

Puff pastry, tapenade, caramelised red onion, goat’s cheese cream. Served with salad & frites

SIDES

Sautéed Garlic Greens VG

French beans, mangetout & fennel

Ratatouille VG

Peas à la Française VG

Peas with Gem lettuce & baby onions

DESSERTS

Almond Financier V

Warm almond butter cake with sour cherry compote & vanilla ice cream

Strawberry & Elderflower Crème Brûlée V

An elderflower infused custard with a strawberry & basil salad

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