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Cafe Rouge Christmas 2016

Many restaurants have been introducing their Christmas and New Year menus recently and just like them Cafe Rouge has some tasty offerings appearing on theirs.   I popped along one day when Cafe Rouge Southgate were inviting people to try their tasty festive food and drink that will be available over the Christmas period.


Drinks included; Winter Berry Lemonade (lemon, blackberry, elderberry and raspberry), French Garden Fizz (elderflower petal, fresh mint, lemon and lime juice) both of which are non alcoholic and plenty of other mocktails, soft drinks, cocktails and wines to choose from to go with your meal.  Mr Squishy loved trying these and made good use of his draw (straw).

We sampled the Salmon Rillette starter: A rustic pâté of smoked and cured salmon, lightly flavoured with shallot and chives, served with caper berries.  It was delicious and full of flavour and one we would highly recommend.  It’s a great size for a starter dish too and the caper berries complimented it nicely.

The pigs in blankets (found on the turkey on the Christmas Party and Christmas Day menus) were delicious and had a mustard seed dressing which added a nice and different addition to the flavour.  This was very easy to finish and although the portion we had was a reasonable size they were that good that we wanted more!!!!

Mushrooms au Gratin: Chestnut mushrooms in garlic and cèpe Mornay sauce with a chive and Gruyère crust (starter) were lovely and creamy and pretty tasty too. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and can be made gluten free to according to the menu (although I’m guessing it is).

The Tomato and Harissa (starter) Lightly spiced smooth tomato and harissa soup with chives is perfect for vegetarians and has a fair amount of flavour to it.

We didn’t get to try any main meal items apart from the sausages which were part of a meal but we did get to try some of the desserts.

The Creme Brulee: Caramelised vanilla crème was lovely and the Tarte au Citron: Lemon tart and crème fraîche was also nice.  I’ve often been to Cafe Rouge for tea and cake with friends as the atmosphere is normally quite lively yet relaxed and it’s a great place for meeting friends.

All in all the food that we sampled and the drinks were good and we would visit again, hopefully over the Christmas period time permitting.

You can find the Christmas and New Year menus on the Cafe Rouge website.

Are you planning on visiting Cafe Rouge over the festive period?

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  1. I always enjoy Cafe Rouge when we go. The festive menu looks great.

    1. It was pretty yummy.

  2. Ah this looks really yummy and I love the sound of their take on pigs in blankets (my favourite Christmas food!)

  3. oooh the festive menu looks amazing!!! Unfortunately we don’t have Cafa Rouge in the Isle of Man, but I would definitely love to visit!

    1. I hope you get to try it somewhere, it was nice.

  4. I do like christmas menus at different restaurants. This one looks great x

  5. Oh, this all sounds so yummy! The Mushroom au Gratin and the Tomato and Harissa sound so very delicious and both dessert options do as well. Lots of cocktail and mocktail options, it all sounds wonderful!

    1. It is a great for gettogethers and parties 😉

  6. The vegetarian suitable starter, sounds delicious. I would enjoy having that but I’ve never been to Cafe Rouge before but there’s always a first after this 🙂

    1. I hope you get to try it x

  7. Loving the look of the Christmas menu and those drinks are calling my name. I have not been to Cafe Rouge for a couple of months , I should definitely pay a visit soon

    1. I don’t blame you the food and drinks we tried were all nice, enjoy 😉

  8. Sounds lovely! Wish I could try the Christmas menu but don’t see it happening this year. Dessert is one of my favourites! 😍

    1. That’s a shame. Me too they were lovely x

  9. We used to have a Cafe Rouge in Basingstoke but now our nearest one is 15 miles away. We used to love it in there! Sounds like a great menu x

    1. It did seem pretty good 😉

  10. I haven’t been to Cafe Rouge in ages, definitely need to make a trip x

  11. I think I’ve only ever been to Cafe Rouge once – and that was years ago! I don’t have one anywhere near where I live, which is the main reason! The Christmas dishes look very tasty, and a lovely treat during the festive period.

    1. That’s such a shame, well if you visit somewhere that they have one be sure to pop in x

  12. The pigs in blankets sound delicious and a must at this time of year. I love Cafe Rouge, one of my regular places to eat out at. Jo x

    1. They were lovely, i would thoroughly recommend them.

  13. don’t like the sound of the starters but that is because I don’t eat meat or fish. but the drinks and desserts sound really delicious!! I love a nice mocktail to share with the kids

    1. I’m sure there will be plenty on the menu that is vegetarian Natasha, why not pop over to their site and take a look xxx

  14. I have to say I do love Cafe Rouge and this menu sounds great x

  15. Oooh I am liking the sound of the gluten free mushroom dish! I have never tried cafe rouge before but so good to know that they can cater for gluten free!

    1. It sure is good that they are catering for various food allergies and preferences.

  16. I haven’t been to cafe rouge in years. It was the only decent restaurant where i grew up, so I have happy memories of it.

    1. You should pay them a visit the have some nice items on the menu x

  17. I used to visit Cafe Rouge lots when I lived in London. Love Creme Brûlée!

    1. Me too and this one was yummy x

  18. I have never visited cafe rouge but the food looks delicious!

    1. It tastes pretty good too especially the desserts 😉

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Cafe Rouge but i think the Christmas menu might tempt me into a visit! xo

    1. It does look good doesn’t it 😉

  20. Fab post. The menu sounds so fab Melanie.

    1. Thanks, we did enjoy trying the samples.

  21. I live rural so we don’t have one near by, but boy am I jealous!

    1. Oh no, I hope you get to visit one soon they have some great food x

  22. I have to say I do love the food in cafe rouge and their christmas bits sounds delicious. x

    1. They do look great don’t they 😉

  23. After reading your review we might well pay a visit soon – there’s one just a short bus ride away.

    1. That’s great Andrew I like to inspire people to visit places, enjoy x

  24. I love Café Rogue! We always visit when we go to Center Parcs in Winter 🙂

    1. You will get to try out the festive menu then, enjoy x

  25. We used to really enjoy Cafe Rouge. In fact, our first wedding anniversary dinner was in one. Then the ones in Glasgow were closed down. I miss it! I’d definitely go back if they reopened one in Glasgow…

    1. That’s such a shame Grant, I hope they reopen it soon x

  26. The festive menu looks so great! I love pigs in blankets and the ones you mentioned sound lovely xx

  27. Its not somewhere i have ever been, those mushrooms look amazing!

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