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Sunday, 1 September 2019

REVIEW: Dining like it’s 1989 at Café Rouge

As much as I love shouting about the range of independent restaurants across the West Midlands, one of my favourite chain restaurants is Café Rouge! From the food and drinks to the décor, the French bistro always feels so homely and welcoming to me. So I was delighted when they asked me along to check out their ‘Dine Like its 1989’ Menu, which they recently brought back into the bistro across the UK to celebrate its 30th birthday this year. 

Out of the three Café Rouge’s in Birmingham, I headed along to the restaurant on Brindleyplace to check out the menu. Upon arrival, me and my guest enjoyed a glass of Prosecco each, before settling down to check out the menu from 30 years ago. The menu included pastries, baguettes, steak frites and quiche. The menu wasn’t large, but actually, I really liked how there was just enough, as sometimes I think a menu can have simply too much to offer. Simple always works!

I started off with a Pain au Chocolat – my favourite pastry – and it was of course, delicious. Other pastries on the menu included Croissants and Pain aux Raisins. For main, my eyes went straight on the restaurant’s infamous Steak Frites, which are 35 days aged Black Angus steaks. All Steak Frites dishes came accompanied with either fries or house salad, or an upgrade to sweet potato fries for just £1.00. The sauces available for the dishes were Peppercorn, Bearnaise, Roquefort and Merlot Gravy. Me and my guest both went for the Bearnaise, and as we were particularly peckish, we went for fries and house salad!

As well as my glass of Prosecco, I enjoyed a HUGE glass of my absolute favourite cocktail Aperol Spritz alongside my Steak dish. As there wasn’t a dessert option on the 1989 menu, me and my guest chose two desserts off the main menu. I went for Beignets, which was a selection of mini doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, which comes with a choice of salted caramel or dark chocolate sauce. It was absolutely delicious and the best way to end a beautiful meal.

The prices on the 1989 menu were the same as 30 years ago, which means it was a total bargain*, with pastries costing just 95p, Steak Frites being £7.95 and a glass of wine for just £3.75. One of my favourite things about Café Rouge though has to be the décor; it is just such a classic restaurant with so much warmth and cosiness, as well as sophistication and cool design. The staff also just absolutely make a restaurant, and those at the Brindleyplace venue were incredibly welcoming and helpful.

I absolutely loved trying out the 1989 menu, it was such a fun experience and me and my guest had such a wonderful evening. From the Steak to the Doughnuts, from the staff to the décor; I think the concept of the 1989 menu was so clever, and unlike anything I had seen before. What a way to celebrate their birthday! However, the normal menu is, of course, full of so many options too and if you’re yet to step foot into a Café Rouge, I absolutely recommend it! 

Cafe Rouge: 10/10

*I was fortunate to be asked along to the venue to try their 1989 Menu in return for a blog post. I didn't pay for the experience, but left a tip and paid for travel there and back. I was not expected to write a good review, I genuinely enjoyed the experience.

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