Café Rouge have a new menu for Autumn, and I was invited along to give it a try. My chosen location was the St Katharine’s Dock restaurant, because BOATS!
We were greeted by the lovely smiling faces of the CR team as we entered, and led to our table by our waiter for the evening, who gave us a couple of minutes to peruse the drinks menu before coming back to take our order. As we were there to sample the latest autumn delicacies, I just had to go for a mulled wine, my first of the season! It was spiced to perfection. James was a bore and went for a beer.
For starters we went for the pâté and the soufflé. The pâté was probably my favourite, deliciously creamy and with a dollop of apple & pear chutney, but this dish could’ve done with a little bit more bread. James was surprised with the soufflé as he thought it was just a dessert dish. This one was made with brie cheese and sat upon a bed of salad and apple slices. It was light and fluffy. Perfect as an appetiser before the main course.
James was very excited for our mains to arrive as he had gone for the confit duck, originally asking for the cherry sauce, which unfortunately they were out of, so he had the orange sauce instead. It also came with dauphinoise potatoes and French beans. By the noises he was making, I think he really enjoyed it! My main was the Cromesquis (fish cake), which was crammed full with a good helping of salmon, haddock and potatoes. It was crispy on the outside and succulently juicy on the inside, and very filling. I almost didn’t have any room for dessert!
We ordered 2 desserts to share; The Rum Baba and the crème brûlée. The rum baba was a spongy type of dessert doused in, you guessed it, rum! I wasn’t too keen with this one. The texture was a little weird as it was not quite a sponge cake and not quite pastry, but somewhere in between. It also came with a spoonful of créme fraíche which tasted like salty yoghurt. The crème brûlée was a little on the runny side (I feel after 6 of the dishes on my trip to Paris back in 2014 that I am quite the expert on this dessert now!) but the strawberry and black pepper sorbet was absolutely delicious. I could eat a whole bowl of it! It was fresh and fruity, the perfect end to a wonderful evening of French food!
* I was invited along to review Cafe Rouge for free, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂