Côte Brasserie Chiswick reopens after refurbishment

Image above: Côte Brasserie, Turnham Green Terrace

A lighter look and a summer menu

Côte Brasserie in Turnham Green Terrace has reopened after a lightning refurbishment that took just three days.

“I love the change” restaurant manager Martina Uhlirova told The Chiswick Calendar. “The colours are joyful and much lighter.”

New owners took over the chain of French bistros founded by Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians in September 2020 and announced they had brought in a new executive chef, Steve Allen, in March. Allen is the former head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant at Claridge’s hotel.

He was was given the task of reinvigorating the menu to include Côte’s popular French classics alongside regionally inspired dishes and a wider range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The menu refresh represents the biggest change to its food offer in its 15-year history.

Images above: Charentais Melon starter and Lobster frites main

Summer specials menu

Côte restaurants launched their summer menu a few weeks ago. These are the summer specials:

Pamplemousse Spritz – Côte’s take on an Aperol Spritz
Charentais melon – fragrant melon from Provence with cured Bayonne ham, radishes, rocket salad and croutons (starter)
Breton tomatoes – Heritage tomatoes from Brittany with goat’s cheese cream, pickled shallots, basil oil, tapenade and crispy capers (starter)
Lobster frites – Lobster & dill butter, lemon Hollandaise, frites (whole or half, main)
French apricot tart – Rhone valley apricots, lavender crème, pâtissière, raspberry (dessert)

They have also introduced menus with the calories per item listed (you can choose to have a menu with or without the calories included), in line with new government regulations for larger restaurants.

‘Refreshed, contemporary, yet elegant French-inspired interior’

The new look – a ‘refreshed, contemporary, yet elegant French-inspired interior’ according to the PR blurb, uses teal as the main colour in the ground floor restaurant, where before it was a midnight blue, and a sea green downstairs with floral panels where before it was quite dark and plain.

Normandy artist Claire de Quénetain has attempted to ‘deliver the spirit of France with a series of bespoke mural artworks throughout the restaurant, showcasing the brand’s move towards a stylish and informal space that is perfect for both daytime and relaxed evening dining.’

It is much brighter and more summery and a couple of days after reopening, on a blazing hot Saturday in July they were able to have the whole of the front of the restaurant open to the air.

Here’s how it looked before …

And after the refurbishment …

Images above: Ground floor

Images above: Downstairs at Côte Brasserie Chiswick

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