I was lucky enough to be invited to try some of their new menu.
On a friend’s recommendation, we shared a couple of starters: a dish of oven-baked potted snails with Roquefort butter, smoked lardons and lemon paprika crumble, and a Bouillabaisse. The snails were delicious; we got three, each baked in a small individual terracotta pot.
The main course was huge, with two bones sticking out of either side, and a beautiful criss crossing from where it had sizzled on the grill. It was tender, our knives sliding through it like butter, incredibly flavoursome, with a smokey aroma, and downright delicious all round. With a massive slab of Dauphinoise potatoes and some green beans, it formed a classic French feast. I have to say that it defeated us, and we simply couldn’t finish it (though they kindly let us have the leftovers to take home).
All in all, a lovely visit, and I’ll definitely be going back soon.
Café Rouge – Hays Galleria, Tooley Street, London SE1 2HD – 020 7378 0097
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