Right, so. Cafe Rouge. Not the kind of place I usually visit I know. To be honest it’s actually the kind of place I’d usually turn my food snobby nose up at but that being said I’m not one to turn down an invitation to dinner. This week I visited the Canary Wharf branch and had a three course French feast. They’ve got new items on the menu that really appealed to me and I was actually pleasantly surprised…

For my starter I went for French Onion Soup (or Soup À L’Oignon) with gruyère and croutons. 

My aunty makes a mean onion soup so my expectations were high, it wasn’t as salty or cheesy as hers but that being said I ate pretty much the whole thing and enjoyed it.

My guest for the evening had the smoked & cured Salmon Rillettes with pickled fennel and chargrilled sourdough bread.  You can see it poking out in the background behind my soup. It was nice but not my kind of starter. 

Main course was a whole lot more exciting. My Beef Bourguignon was THE ONE. 

This is one of my all time favourite dishes. Slow-cooked Beef in red wine with smoked bacon and mushrooms served with roasted carrots, herby mash and crispy onions. All the best things. The beef was soft, melty and rich, the mash was smooth, soft and creamy and the crispy onions added the perfect bit of texture. My side of spinach was also bang on. 

My guest had the salmon option for main. Yes, salmon again. Twice in one meal. 

Double salmon may be an odd choice but the Skin on salmon fillet served with buttered spinach, croutons, lemon and beurre noisette was actually a really nice dish. 

Our brilliant waitress Assa picked our wine and our dessert for us. She told us she’d surprise us and that we wouldn’t be disappointed. She wasn’t wrong… 

We were presented with the Tarte Aux Pommes; a warm apple tart with Tarte Tatin ice cream AND a pretty impressive cheese board to go with my first red wine of the season. French artisan cheese,  baby figs, grapes, celery and water biscuits. The BEST way to end any meal. Especially this one. 

Atmosphere was a little shoddy but I blame that on it being a Monday. The manager promised us that on a Thursday and Friday the restaurant is buzzing and that summer is their busiest time due to their huge terrace lookimg out onto the Thames. The views are incredible and the food is a damn sight better than I ever remember. Don’t judge a book by its cover… 

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