Thursday, October 20, 2016

Food: Cafe Rouge St Paul's


I love the area of London around St Paul's. As it's a hop, skip and jump along the Central Line from our area of East London, it's a frequent choice for meals, drinks, or hanging out. As several of my friends work in the City, it's also a place I find myself many an evening, tucking into supper or meeting for cocktails.

A couple of weeks ago the lovely folk at Cafe Rouge asked me if I'd like to go and review their new Autumn/Winter menu, and when I had a little google adventure and spotted there was a Cafe Rouge mere metres from the hallowed dome of St Paul's, I knew exactly where I'd like to dine. As the picture above demonstrates, you get a heck of a view! Loving those moody skies.


The restaurant at St Paul's is large and light, with lots of big windows letting in as much daylight as possible. When we arrived for a late-ish lunch at 2pm it was really busy, full of families, couples and groups tucking into their Sunday lunch, but we were shown to a nice comfy table and given menus and a wine list swiftly.




While we perused the menu full of wholesome, warming, autumnal fare we chose a bottle of the Malbec from Rare Vineyards, which turned out to be a delicious, full-bodied red. Considering the very reasonable price of this wine (third on the list) I was so pleased to discover it to be such a velvety, charming Malbec.



For our starters, we selected the Camembert and the croquettes de légumes. I loved the Camembert - the generous portion was oozing and creamy, and worked really well with the sweet tartness of the accompanying redcurrant sauce. Matthew's croquettes were perfectly pleasant, but we both agreed that I won the first round (if the meal was a competition!).



For the main course I went super-traditional with the boeuf bourguignon, and Matthew selected the poulet Breton. The chicken was delicious and well-presented with a rich, creamy sauce full of veggies. The beef was an utter triumph, a perfect dish for a chilly, moody October day. Satisfying chunks of beef slow-cooked in a flavourful gravy, with mashed potatoes and soft, sweet carrots was a delight. I generally prefer veggie, fish, or poultry options on a menu, but I was really glad the beef had caught my eye - it was beautiful.



In the interests of a fullsome review, we said oui to pudding (and I found myself very glad that I'd only had fruit for breakfast!).


Matthew broke with seasonal convention and had the sweet and refreshing Eton mess, while I feasted on the delicious chocolate overload that is the fondant aux chocolats. Chocolatey and delicious, with a scattering of fresh dried raspberries on top adding a fruity tang to proceedings, this was a gorgeous way to conclude the meal, while sipping on a pretty cup of coffee.


See how pretty?



I was really pleased with our meal at Cafe Rouge. When dining out and about I like to dine at both independents and brands, and enjoy both cheap and cheerful and haute cuisine dining (as well as all the many options in between), and really enjoyed our meal last Sunday - for the pricing it was a tasty, filling, good value spread, and the location, right next to St Paul's, was ideal. And we'll be stocking up on some of that lovely Malbec at home!

Cafe Rouge
5, Condor House, 
5-10 St. Paul's Churchyard, 
London 
EC4M 8AY



Disclaimer: I was invited to try the Autumn/Winter Edition menu at Cafe Rouge and our meal and drinks were complimentary. All thoughts, ponderings and food joy all my own.









Café Rouge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

20 comments:

  1. AHH I WENT TO THE SAME ONE! Your photos are much better though as I had no camera at the time. So I've actually had to use stock photos... >.< Howww good was the fondant aux chocolats?!

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  2. Thank goodness I'm cooking dinner lol. These images are so good, this looks like a place to go x

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  3. Oh wow the food looks amazing, I have only eaten in Cafe Rouge once and the food was really lovely, need to go again x

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  4. Oh wow what some delicious looking food, those deserts looks amazing, I could have a meal just of those I think. x

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  5. Cafe Rouge looks brill and that Eton Mess looks like it should be in tummy right about now lol xx

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  6. Looks like a great meal, the Camembert looks so nice, I'd definitely have picked that x

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  7. The food looks really delicious! I really like Cafe Rouge.

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  8. Yum! I need to go here again soon as I haven't been in ages x

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  9. The food at cafe rouge looks delicious! We like reading in the grounds at St Paul's :) it's a nice location xx

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  10. I've never been here but the food looks gorgeous! Xx

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  11. These look absolutely delectable - I really love Cafe Rouge! Hx

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  12. Oh wow! I haven't been to Cafe Rouge in ages, the food looks so yummy, I need to go again.

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  13. The food looks so yummy. I love the look of the Eton Mess!

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  14. Oh wow this all looks delicious! And what a stunning view to eat by too!

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  15. Oh wow the poulet Breton looks just incredible and I am not sure I could ever get bored of Eton Mess x

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  16. This all sounds fantastic, and the beef bourgignon looks delicious - perfect for this time of year!

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  17. Sounds like an amazing restaurant! The food and drinks look very nice

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  18. I'm loving the foodie photos. The Camembert looks yummy and also a reasonable size too.

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  19. I'm yet to visit a cafe rouge but the food looks and sounds so delicious! An eton mess sounds wonderful right now!

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  20. I've never been to a cafe rouge before I always keep saying I want to. The food looks and sounds delcious I'll have to definitely go to our nearest one when I am nearby.

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