When I used to live in London I loved a little French bistro chain called Cafe Rouge. So, when roaming for a location for dinner in Bath that would be well priced, delicious and quick it was natural to head here.
The restaurant was cavernous and decked out in all the usual cute French parphanalia from old music posters to cute French vintage advertisements. We were ushered by a charming (almost overly so?) waiter to our table and issued with our menus.
First up, Drinks. I ordered a Citron Presse which is one of those things that most people discover by asking “what is that person drinking”. The Citron Presse arrives with an empty glass, a bottle of soda or still water, a bottle of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a bottle of sugar syrup. Essentially you get to blend you own drink. For me it’s all about the tart lemony goodness and at most a drop of the sugar syrup. It’s a lovely alter alternative to the traditional over sugared sparkling drinks. Chuck selected a beer from the impressive menu.
For me the giant meal menu was used simply to confirm that my favorite goats cheese salad was still present but offered a wide source of options to Chuck. This is one of those places that has something for everyone from Boeuf Bourguignon to steaks frites and from salads to confit de canard. Pretty much every French dish name you have heard thrown around sits on this menu but unlike in France there are plenty of vegetarian and even a vegan option or two.
Our meals arrived quickly (with a side of the yummiest bread and some frites). I was sad to discover they had altered the goats Chees salad so instead of serving the goats cheese grilled on crunch little baguette pieces it’s now just three giant round on a muffin like base (pre-prepared) it still tasted good. Chucks cooked camembert looked delicious but both a bit work out from wandering, shopping and swimming we just touched on our meals and sadly didn’t take full advantage of this yummy restaurant.
Cafe Rouge will continue to remIn a favorite of mine and I recommend a visit if this side of the channel.