More Center Parcs Reviews to follow at the end of the week but as a taster here is my review of Cafe Rouge.
We left the children with their Grandparents to enjoy a rare evening out by ourselves. From the choice of restaurants avaiable we plumped for Cafe Rouge, we ate there last time we visited and enjoyed it so felt it was a good call. We were not disappointed.
Upon arrival we were offered a choice of tables for two which wasn’t great for us as we hate to feel cramped. The waiter sensed this and immediately offered us a table for four to give us more room and it meant we were seated in the raised section of the restaurant which allowed for better people watching!
The waitress was a little eager and appeared a little unhappy to be there and we felt a little rushed in ordering our drinks having to send her away once while we pondered our wine choice. We opted for a bottle of the Merlot and were pleased with the choice. It was as described “Big, inky-plum fruit” and at £14.95 it was well priced for a chain restaurant.
For starters we chose from the ‘Petit Plats’ menu which involved 4 dishes for £10. With a choice of 11 dishes it felt a nice way to try a number of dishes and worked out cheaper than two starters. We enjoyed a pork pate, feta cheese and peppers, red pepper tapenade and sausage and harissa mayo, they all worked well together and the sausage in particular was very tasty.
For main course we decided to share two dishes to be able to taste two different options, We had the Confit Duck Leg and a Steak and everything on the plates was heavenly.
By pudding we were feeling rather stuffed but noticed that they serve coffee with a small portion of desert alongside. We both chose an Americano and Tarte Tatin. The tarte arrived and was so delicious that being the greedy piggies we are we decided to share another Tarte Tatin! Well we are on holiday after all!
By this point we had started dealing with the manager rather than our waitress as he was friendly and very interactive. He laughed when we ordered the second desert and commented that it worked to “Draw people in”! He came back a couple of minutes and asked if we liked Tarte Citron, at this point I feared the worst! but it was to get us to try his personal favourite desert. Hubby tried it and felt it was very refreshing.
By the end of all this food we were super stuffed! It was a good job we had a nice stroll ahead of us before we got back to the Lodge!
In total the meal and wine cost just shy of £70, not bad considering the amount of food we ate!!!!
The food was fantastic, the waitress could have been nicer but the manager could not be faulted, lovely man!!!