Cafe Rouge, 134 High Street, Solihull, West Midlands, T: 0121 711 8881
RATING: Food 2.5; Ambience 2.5; Service 3; Drink Selection 3.5; Toilets 2.5; Website 2
CAFE Rouge is a well-established name on the High Street around Great Britain. They obviously vary in quality. The ambience at Cafe Rouge in central Edinburgh is good. However, my first experience of eating in a Cafe Rouge was a huge disappointment. Sure, it was a Tuesday night just after a Bank Holiday. Money, even in leafy Solihull, must be tight so we were among a handful of people in a large restaurant. There was, therefore no excuse for cold food and the fare was disappointing. It was also not cheap and it did not live up to the website claim of: French restaurant serving a delicious all day menu of classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. My colleague opened with classic moules mariniers with a white wine and garlic and cream sauce. It was supposed to be velvety in texture but wasn’t but was, however, tasty. My French onion soup was thick. It arrived with pastry floating on top failed to excite. Frankly, it was unnecessary. For main, my colleague selected boeuf bourguignon, a staple in bistros in days gone by. It was not memorable. The presentation of my Burger Normandie was eye-catching. The 7oz Aberdeen Angus burger had a distinctive taste but, sadly, it was on the cold side and the crispy smoked ham had no taste. The long, thin chips were disappointing.