Sunday was spent in London; we visited the Imperial War Museum, where the boy chose a toy plane to remind him of the day, and then enjoyed a duck tour, which the children were amazed by. Finally, we had a dinner date with Cafe Rouge.
We took the tube to North Greenwich, exiting into the shadow of the imposing O2, opposite which our destination was situated. It was set at the foot of an interesting building which prompted in us architectural memories of Amsterdam.
The children and I had eaten at Cafe Rouge before (in a different location) but it was new to James and he wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Being quite the Francophile, I suspect that he assumed it would not be particularly authentic, though am pleased to report he was proven wrong! We were seated and fed olives and bread whilst we chose our starters and main courses. James chose something with mushrooms followed by steak, whilst I plumped for the pate starter and demi poulet main. All of the food was magnificent, with James proclaiming that the steak was some of the best he had ever tasted. The children had eaten rather a late lunch so did not do so well with their food, but definitely enjoyed all that they had.
Throughout our meal, the service was impeccable; our waiter was incredibly patient with our little fussy eater, and was very attentive, popping over to ask if we would like another drink, just as the glass was emptying. James kept nudging me and saying, “I can’t find fault at all!” which is a huge compliment (not that he’s a grumpy old goat or anything…).
When I first visited Cafe Rouge back in November, the decor really struck me as incredibly authentic, and it hit James in the same way. Having stayed in Paris (and other cities) a number of times, we have eaten out in several similar brasseries and it made us smile at the memories. The photographer in James loved the little details too – the lights, the mirrors, the artwork, the bottles…
All in all, we had a really lovely evening and would love to visit Cafe Rouge again soon, though perhaps slightly closer to home next time!
We received a complimentary meal for five for the purposes of this review; all photography and opinion is our own work.