The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (as this feast day is otherwise known) was borne from the practical reason of using things up before the religious festival of Lent began.

In the weeks leading up to Easter, traditionally those who observed Lent would fast for 40 days. Shrove Tuesday was a chance to feast on all the things that wouldn’t survive this period of abstinence, such as milk, eggs, and butter. Of course, you add some flour into this mix and voilà - you have a delicious crêpe!

In France, Shrove Tuesday is known as Mardi Gras – or Fat Tuesday. In addition to eating up all the fatty foods, the French also traditionally marked this day by parading a fat ox through the streets of Paris, reminding people not to eat meat for the next six weeks.

At Côte we won’t be parading any cows about on Tuesday 25th February, but we do have plenty of crêpe-based dishes to enjoy at any time of the day – Mardi Gras or not!

Breakfast
Crêpe Complète

Originating from Saint-Malo in Brittany, buckwheat crêpes became an everyday addition to the Breton diet from as early as the 1200s. Unlike wheat which requires warm, sunny and dry conditions to grow well, buckwheat thrives in cool, moist areas, such as that of northern France. Legend has it that the very first crêpe was created when a housewife from Brittany accidently spilt a thin layer of porridge onto a flat, hot stove – a mistake which resulted in the discovery of a deliciously crisp pancake!

Start your Pancake day off right, with a hearty petit déjeuner. Our Crêpe Complete includes bacon, free range eggs and shaved gruyere cheese, all folded neatly into buckwheat crêpe.

Lunch & Dinner
Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes

If you are dining with us for lunch or dinner, why not opt for our satisfying, Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes? Wild mushrooms and spinach in a creamy  sauce, wrapped in savoury buckwheat crêpes and topped with fresh peppery rocket and a drizzle of olive oil.

Dessert
Crêpe Grand Marnier & Praline Crêpe

For a sweet finish to your meal, opt for our elegant Crêpe Grand Marnier, inspired by the famous Crêpes Suzette. Another dish created by mistake when a Parisian waiter accidentally set fire to a brandy and orange crêpe – just as he was about to serve it to the future King of England! The resulting taste was magnificent and in a chivalrous move, the King insisted that the dish be named after his dining partner Suzette.

Our take on this classic sees a light, sweet crêpe served with fresh orange and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The dish is finished with a theatrical flourish at the table, with flaming Grand Marnier liqueur – a grown up treat for Pancake Day!

Or for chocolate lovers, try the Praline Crêpe. Served with hazelnut praline, caramelized bananas, crème Chantilly and hot chocolate sauce. This indulgent dessert is loved by children and adults alike.

Whether it be Shrove Tuesday, or any other day of the year, here at Côte we have a variety of crêpe recipes to satisfy the sweetest or most savoury of taste buds, without having to clear up the mess!