Côte was always one of those chain restaurants I avoided. The French brasserie chain certainly wouldn’t have got anywhere near my top 10 chain restaurants for vegetarians. So when I was invited along to review their new vegetarian menu, I accepted with a mix of curiosity and trepidation. I was half expecting the classic botch job of many chains: collecting their pitiful handful of veggie options onto a separate piece of paper with the dessert menu and claiming that they’d put together a whole separate menu. To my excitement, I found no such thing, not only have Cote deisgned a brand new menu of tasty vegetarian dishes with great choice, they’ve re-invented their French classics to allow us veggies to enjoy them for the first time!
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- Separate vegetarian & vegan menu with a large range of tasty options.
- Vegetarian and vegan wine and drinks menu – something I’ve never seen in other restaurants
- French classics reinvented- like French Onion soup with veggie friendly cheese. Delicious!
- The menu is pretty reliant on cream, eggs and cheese and therefore not that vegan friendly.
Veggie LAD Recommends
French Onion Soup
Sausage with Salardaise Potatoes
Veggie LAD Verdict
The LADS and LASSES at Côte have put together a really great vegetarian menu here and it’s great to see them make so much more effort than your average large chain. The specially designed menu items and vegetarian wine list show them really going the extra mile. It’s just a shame they haven’t given vegans the same consideration as you’d still be struggling here. A big step in the right direction though, well done Côte!
Give Me Some of That!
Those of you who’ve been with me since the start of my Veggie LAD journey will know I’m a big fan of independent, pop-up, hipster-tastic restaurants and food outlets. But, the fact is, we can’t always feast on a mac ‘n’ cheese truffle burger served from a cafe disguised as a living room in East London. Chain restaurants have become part of our foodie identity in Britain and some of them are doing some amazing work for vegetarians. All the places in my top 10 do brilliant veggie options at affordable prices, so go there with confidence and enjoy! I decided to only feature restaurants that have more than 3 sites and have outlets outside London. This put some great places out of the running: Chipotle, Hummus Bros, Mildred’s… If you’re a London veggie, these are also great!
A few weeks ago I went to the Grand Designs Live show at Excel London to search out a product that might just revolutionise the way we enjoy pizza at home in this country.
I’ll admit, ‘raw food’ sets off my fad alarm. I love cooking, it’s my passion and I also don’t think that cooking my food is going to lead me to an untimely death. However, new food experiences excite me so I went with an open mind to Rawligion, London’s newest raw food café. For me there was only one criteria: would it taste good? The answer, was a resounding yes.
Welcome to my first Veggie LAD review! Here you’ll find bite-sized features on the very best vegetarian restaurants and products. I’ll be covering everything from fast food to posh nosh. The first challenge I faced when I became veggie was knowing where to eat out so I want to make that choice as easy as possible for you. I hope you enjoy reading!