Now I won’t lie, the last time I went to Cafe Rouge I was a little let down by the food and the service. So when this invite popped into my inbox I was interested to see if things had changed. Spoiler alert – they have!
You know what readers? I was hit with some optimism when I discovered there’d been a bit of a makeover, live music on a Friday night and a new menu to pick from. In Worcester Cafe Rouge is a heck of a staple to Friar Street. I remember eating here as a kid and loving it! With this latest bit of a turn around. And spying that gin is served how it should be, I was looking forward to Friday Date Night!
Drinks and Nibbles
We started off with drinks, it was Friday, so drinks! I was ver happy with the state off affairs gin wise and ordered the Pomegranate Gin Bloom. This was with Beefeater gin (a favourite of mine) garnished with pomegranate, it really worked. Dr W went with the Pinot Grigio, an off-dry, peach, citrussy wine, he was happy with his choice. We then dug into some Bread with Supergreen Pesto and some olives while we decided on mains. I love that it was so laid back and we were given the chance to savour our Friday Date Night.
For our mains we jumped at the new croques of course! I went with the Hot Smoked Salmon Croque -this was smoked salmon with garlic cream cheese and chive. It was creamy and delicious and I ordered it with a side of Frites (as did Dr W his) and they were wonderfully crisp. Dr W ordered the Club Croque – roast chicken, crispy pancetta and baby gem lettuce with sundried tomato béchamel. I had a slice of his and it was wonderfully tasty. The chicken was tender, not dry and the pancetta worked really well. For another side we had a Garden Salad of fresh, succulent heirloom tomatoes with shallot and basil. It was the perfect side, lovely and light with creamy croques.
Time for Dessert
Last but not least, we went with dessert. I ordered the Tarte au Citron, a zesty lemon tart with crème fraîche that balanced the tartness of the lemon. It’s no secret this is my favourite dessert and it did not disappoint on this evening! Dr W ordered his favourite, the Creme Brûlée. Again no disappointment here, he especially liked the Strawberry and Pepper Sorbet. This sorbet cut through the vanilla creaminess of the brûlée.
Our meal at Cafe Rouge was wonderfully relaxed and laid back. Yes I was invited to review, but the level of service we received was what other tables got too (I kept an eye whilst enjoying my dinner). I was really impressed with the food (and did I mention the gin?!) We really enjoyed our dinners and left happy with full tummies, and we’ll definitely be back.
Have you checked out the new menu items at Cafe Rouge yet? Or have I inspired you to do so? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr W and I were invited to check out the croque menu as guests of Cafe Rouge. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Cafe Rouge is located at 5 Friar St, Worcester WR1 2LZ.