Review – Cafe Rouge, Strand-on-the-Green, Kew Bridge

souffle Cafe Rouge Food

Where

Café Rouge

85 Strand-on-the-Green

Kew Bridge, London, W4 3NN

What to expect

Café Rouge has been around for many years. I used to go to one or another of their establishments a long time ago but new, different places were always appearing and enticing my tastebuds. Recently I decided to go check out how it has progressed since my last visit. It still has a French based menu as you would expect but has evolved into a more sophisticated and authentic dining experience than what I remembered.

Cafe Rouge Kew Bridge

Seasonal Menu

When I visited it was the launch of the new autumnal menu. With lots of tasty, descriptive classic dishes I couldn’t wait to delve in, forks at the ready!

What we ate

Starters –

For my starter I chose the escargot – oven-baked potted snails with Roquefort butter, smoked lardons and lemon paprika crumble. Snails can be one of those things that you will either give a go or not touch with a barge pole. Personally I love them! The Roquefort butter made a nice change from garlic butter and tasty to dunk a bit of bread in. The only thing I would change is more snails please, 1 per pot wasn’t enough for me.

Snails Cafe Rouge Food

My companion had the soufflé – twice-baked Brie soufflé topped with melted butter and toasted hazelnuts, with apple & pear chutney, frisée and a chive & vinaigrette dressing. It was beautifully presented, light and fluffy as a soufflé should be. I had a bit of food envy.

souffle Cafe Rouge Food

Mains

There are many classic dishes from the various regions of France so it was a difficult choice which required lots of discussion as we weighed up our options. I eventually plumped for the Poulet Breton – roast chicken suprême with mushrooms, courgettes, leeks and herb wine sauce w/ a creamy mash. The chicken was well cooked and moist but the star of this particular dish was the sauce. Full of flavour and decadently creamy.

dsc_0030Duck done properly is a great autumnal dish especially when paired with seasonal fruits. Confit de Canard was my companion’s pick. It came with a choice of either cherry or orange sauce to pour and as I don’t particularly like orange sauces he graciously went with the cherry. I liked my chicken but once again, he had picked the winner!

Duck Cafe Rouge FoodDessert

Who can say no to chocolate? Not me, fondant aux chocolat -hot chocolate fondant with a really fabulous gooey middle served with chocolate & raspberry fondant ice cream.

Chocolate Fondant Cafe Rouge Food

Crème Brulee with caramelised vanilla crème with strawberry & black pepper sorbet. This was a nice consistency although personally I like a more definitive, thicker ‘crack’ on my brulee. This time I picked the course winner.

Creme Brulee Cafe Rouge Food

Verdict

Like I said at the beginning of this post it has been a long time since I last visited a Café Rouge. The staff were efficient, friendly and knowledgeable of both the menu and the winelist. On a side note, this particular Café Rouge must be the prettiest in the chain, overlooking the banks of the river and bathed in sunshine for most of the day. Without hesitation I would definitely go back (in fact I have been back since). The consistency and tasty versions of classic dishes was good to see and I look forward to stopping in next time I am walking the Thames towpath.

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Cafe Rouge Kew Bridge

 

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