CORD Restaurant to open in June
Le Cordon Bleu, the leading global network of culinary arts and hospitality management institutes, will launch their dining concept in the City of London this June.
CORD by Le Cordon Bleu will be part of a unique offering all under one roof: a fine dining restaurant, a café and an outpost to the London Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute, offering short courses with Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs for all food and wine lovers keen to sharpen their knowledge.
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering all Le Cordon Bleu alumni and current students an exclusive discount. Students and alumni can enjoy a 25% discount at CORD restaurant and a 15% discount on all items at CORD Café. Any bookings must be made using a Le Cordon Bleu email address, and the student or alumni must be one of the guests at the table. Bookings will be subject to availability.
Open for lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday, the 90-cover restaurant will showcase varying menu offerings: from daily a la carte, an accessible weekly changing set lunch through to dinner tasting menus. Ideal for lunches where time is limited, the set menu will be served within an hour and a half, coupled with a fine selection of wines by the glass. Hero dishes on the menu will include: Handpicked crab meat, cucumber, rhubarb & radish marmalade with herb toast, brown crab dressing and watercress oil; Heirloom tomatoes, chickpea panisse crisp, tomato syrup, basil paste & oil; Marinated sea bream, corn guacamole & citrus, confit lemon, grilled corn & marjoram and Corn-fed chicken with confit shallots, peas, baby carrots & Tarragon jus. For dessert, warm steamed Muscavado sponge, spiced cherries, fig leaf ice cream and green pistachio; Candied ginger panna cotta with rhubarb and rose and crisp meringue served with strawberries and mint, shiso espuma and buttermilk sorbet.
An eclectic and extensive wine list will be on offer with an impressive selection from French vineyards as well as Germany, Italy, Spain and the New World alongside a range of spirits and brandy for the more discerning drinker. Diners to CORD can opt for select wine pairings and alcohol-free tea pairings with their food, delivering something to suit all tastes and occasions.
CORD Café will be open daily, from 7am – 5pm, Monday to Friday for dine in or take away. The 30-cover CORD Café will offer the finest French patisseries and viennoiseries: Classic French croissant, Peach and raspberry tart, Apricot brioche crumble and Plant-based raspberry flower, all baked fresh on site daily, alongside gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups and artisan breads. CORD Café will be available for exclusive hire during evenings and weekends.
Le Cordon Bleu Institute
Staying true to its roots, Le Cordon Bleu’s culinary institute will have a home at CORD. Le Cordon Bleu Master chefs from London’s institute will lead a series of gourmet short courses for aspirational chefs in worldwide cuisine, food & wine pairing and patisserie. Le Cordon Bleu will host corporate short courses, ideal for team building, followed by a meal in the restaurant. Classes will cater for up to 14 people, alternatively the whole institute is available for exclusive hire as well as workshops and meetings for up to 30 people.
Commenting on CORD, Le Cordon Bleu CEO & President, Mr André J. Cointreau: “As we transition out of the pandemic, we prepare to open the doors to our first-ever dining, café and cooking school concept in London – a notable milestone as we continue to celebrate excellence in teaching around the world. At CORD we aim to deliver savoir-faire and quality, bringing together unique techniques and the freshest, best-in-season ingredients across worldwide cuisines. Our guests will join us on a voyage to experience first-hand the exceptional level of skills delivered by our talented chefs at the same time receiving a warm and expert service level in a relaxed setting.”
The interior inspiration of CORD is a marriage of the bold and the understated, revealing contemporary, statement light installations blended with a refined palette of colours and materials that transcend the vagaries of fashion. The brand identity is informed by a 17th century Parisian design that uses geometry and grids at its core. This geometry has been celebrated in the “C” brand marque that forms a key feature, greeting guests as they enter the restaurant.