Winter 2018 at Cafe Rouge

Cafe Rouge Highgate

This season sees a new menu at family favourite restaurant, Cafe Rouge, and I was fortunate enough to taste some of the menu on my recent visit to my local Cafe Rouge, in Highgate. Cafe Rouge is famous for its distinct French tableware and red awning. Founded in 1989, this restaurant chain is almost as old as me! I remember my first visit to Cafe Rouge with my parents many years ago, in Gloucestershire. What I love about this French inspired eatery, is that no matter which you visit, you can expect the same decor, reminiscent of my trips to Paris.

Cafe Rouge Highgate

Cafe Rouge Seasonal Menus

This year the a la carte and set menus have had a shake up for autumn/winter, with many new dishes sitting alongside Cafe Rouge classics. Once seated, I immediately perused the drinks list, wanting something fruity and celebratory (we had just finished renovating our bedroom). I didn’t have to look far before my eyes spotted a passionfruit bellini. Always one for a bellini, I knew this was the right choice for me.

To accompany our drinks, we decided to share a starter and each choose a main. Mine happened to be from the set menu, which is incredibly good value. I was able to enjoy 2 courses (as our starter happened to be on the same menu too), for less than £13.

We chose the Salade de Saison to start, but asked for it to come at the same time as our mains, to enjoy as a side salad. This consisted of frisée, watercress, carrot, beetroot, Royal Gala apple, goats’ cheese, chives and chopped hazelnuts. I absolutely love a beetroot and goats cheese salad, and the apple added a refreshing crunch.

Cafe Rouge autumn menu Sweet Monday

Sustainably Sourced Ingredients

I followed this with cod, smoked haddock, shallot & Dijon mustard fishcakes. Served with watercress and frisée garnish, tartare sauce and frites. The cod is sustainably sourced and with a touch of mustard, the fish cakes tasted fantastic! I’d definitely recommend this dish, especially as it’s served with super skinny, crispy fries. Because who doesn’t want fries on the side?

Stew preferred choosing a main from the a la carte menu, and decided on the new Vegetable Parmentier. Newly added for this season, this vegetable stew comprised of celeriac, chestnut mushrooms, pearl barley and white wine, topped with crispy cubes of potato.

Not content with my fries, I had to try one or two (okay, at least 6) potatoes. They were too good not to devour!

Cafe Rouge salade de saison Cafe Rouge vegetable parmentier

And for dessert…

The portion sizes were generous, as we could’ve left comfortably full, but I couldn’t contain myself when the waiter asked if we’d like the dessert menu. I had scoped out the menu online, and was praying that the tarte tatin would be available… It was! Apple tarte tatin is my go-to French dessert, and Cafe Rouge made it extra special with a beautiful rose shaped vanilla ice-cream swirl on top.

Cafe Rouge tarte tatin

Have you dined at Cafe Rouge? Have you tried their new Autumn/Winter menu?

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