I’ve paid quite a few visits to Cafe Rouge over the years. I really like their decor, the intimate feel of the restaurants, and – of course – the food. Whenever I’ve visited, I’ve usually chosen from their set menus, offering good choice at an affordable price. With their latest Seasonal Set Menu, you get two courses for £12.95 – and for an extra £3.95, dessert too. Which is basically non-optional.
We went along to the St Katharine’s Docks restaurant to give the new menu a try – and there were a couple of dishes in particular that I was REALLY impressed with…
Potted Mackerel Pâté
Mackerel isn’t normally my go-to on a menu, at all, but the pate caught my attention. And I’m glad I took a break from my usual Pork Rillettes or French Onion soup and gave this a try. Spreading easily onto fresh bread, it wasn’t overly ‘fishy tasting’, and instead had a subtle mackerel taste. A small spoonful of the sweet and sour pickled red onion brought out the subtle flavours of the pate too.
Other starters on the Seasonal Menu: Soup de Campagne (potatoes, carrots, haricot beans,leeks, onions, celery and savoy cabbage); Roast Vegetable Tartine; Pork Rillettes
Hello, tasty red pot of loveliness. The Boeuf Parmentier definitely hit the spot. Warming and hearty, it’s perfect for those transitional days between the cold of winter and al fresco dining of summer. The braised beef chunks were delightfully tender, with onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery & garlic, and of course, a light gravy. It was so good, I didn’t even notice the mushrooms – and I’m not usually a fan.
The crispy potatoes don’t have a huge crunch – but in this kind of soft, comforting type of dish, that’s actually a positive comment. The portion size is decent too, and I found myself struggling towards the end (this could also be because I’d eaten SO MUCH BREAD with my starters, though…).
Always a reliable choice at Cafe Rouge! Well cooked with simple seasoned fries and a good helping of garlic butter, it’s a restaurant staple that always delivers.
Other mains on the Seasonal Menu: Toulouse Sausages and Mash; Tarte de Saison (shortcrust pastry tart with roast beetroot, caramelised shallots, goats’ cheese, Emmental, balsamic & thyme); Moules in creamy white wine saue, served with fries.
Kentish Bramley Apple & Blackberry Crumble
My biggest regret of the evening? Not ordering this all to myself as a dessert. I had a couple of mouthfuls, and was actually ready to swap my Chocolate Torte for the crumble. Which, if you know me and my chocolate dessert love, isn’t a decision to take lightly.
The fruit was beautifully stewed, with just the right amount of sourness to give this dessert a real kick. The cinnamon oat crumble was fantastic, without being overly cinnamon-y, just enough to complement the fruit.
Other desserts on the Seasonal Menu: Torte Au Chocolat (an enjoyable choice for chocolate lovers!); Rum Baba; Ice Cream
*We received a complimentary meal in exchange for review. All opinions honest, as usual!