When the summer arrives I transform into a social butterfly. There’s just something about the lighter nights that makes me want to spend more time out of my home, catching up with friends and family. If you’re an avid reader, then you know that socialising means one of two things; eating, or drinking. On this occasion it was both, as I caught up with Chloe over food while sipping on the new Pampelle Spritz at Cote Brasserie, in Newcastle.
The recently launched Pampelle Spritz, exclusive to the award-winning, authentic French restaurant chain, Cote Brasserie, is inspired by the much-loved French culture of apero. The spritz is a refreshing infusion of natural botanicals, bitter sweet citrus peel and crisp ruby red grapefruit which, combined with sparkling wine, makes for a perfect aperitif before your meal.
Since the Pampelle Spritz is designed to be savoured with the company of nibbles, or a lavish meal, Chloe and I sipped on this incredibly refreshing drink while pondering over the menu. Cote Brasserie has a very extensive menu, so I found it very helpful that the waitress highlighted some key Cote classics, as well as her favourites on the menu!
After some thinking – and more sips of my Pampelle Spritz – I went for the Calamari to start followed by the half Chargrilled Poulet ‘Breton’ for my main. The Calamari came piled high in a mini pan with a side of tartare sauce. Choosing the Calamari was a no-brainer for me because its made fresh in-house, and it tasted incredible. The breadcrumbed squid was cooked to perfection; sauteed in garlic, lemon and parsley, each bite was crispy and tender with a refreshing zing.
When it comes to dining out, I always stray towards getting a steak, but having been told that the half Chargrilled Poulet ‘Breton is a classic Cote dish, I just had to try it. The half Chargrilled Poulet ‘Breton is corn fed chicken reared in the heart of rural Brittany in the west of France, which is renowned for it poultry, and comes with a lavish portion of frites and I also chose a side of wild mushroom sauce.
I normally stay away from chicken because I’m always scared it’ll be served dry, but this chicken was so tender and juicy, and full of flavour. The wild mushroom sauce was definitely a good choice – it was incredibly creamy and complemented the chicken and frites perfectly. It was so good that I used every piece of meat and potato to mop it up.
To be honest I had no move for dessert, but once I saw the menu my tastebuds were crying out for a Creme Caramel, and let me tell you, the struggle to keep my belt tied was worth it. The Creme Caramel is a set vanilla pod custard, which was super creamy, with a dark caramel and cream top, which gave a satisfy crunch when you cut into it. The whole thing was delicious.
The Pampelle Spritz is a July special at Cote Brasserie and is a first of many limited edition drinks that the restaurant are planning on introducing to the Newcastle eatery. Have you tried one yet?
Sarah Jayne x
For more on Cote Brasserie take a look at my previous reviews online now.