It is Sunday afternoon and we are headed to our local Café Rouge to check out the new children’s menu on offer. We have always enjoyed family meals at Café Rouge, so are terribly excited that they have introduced a brand new menu pour les enfants.
Unlike the adult menu, the children’s menu is a 2-in-1 affair. It doubles up as an activity sheet with puzzles, word jumbles and pictures that little ones can colour in while they wait for their meals to be served. They can even make a little postcard to send to a friend detailing what they loved most about their Café Rouge experience.
Café Rouge has done away with options for kids’ starters. There is only one starter on offer – warm bread and butter with cucumber, tomato and carrot sticks served with a tomato dip. This is a brilliant stroke of genius in my opinion. For the moment everyone has ordered their drinks, the kids get served their first course if you so wish. Food on a plate and a drink within minutes of being seated is the best, the only way to ensure peace and harmony at the table. There is no time to whinge. The food gets there first.
J is happy to get creative with crayons, as he sits sipping his orange juice with ‘no-bits’ and nibbling on warm bread and crudités that have appeared on the heels of the drinks.
We ask for his main course to be served with our starters. This give J time to enjoy his main at his own pace, giving us the opportunity to savour our food. J takes a while to decide between the chicken goujons, fishcake and burger. He settles on his favourite in the end – a pair of grilled pork sausages served with peas and sweetcorn. He opts to have French fries instead of the potato mash. No surprises there, I guess.
Café Rouge has designed their new children’s menu to offer children their 5-a-day. The menu is marked to denote which options will provide one portion of fruit or veg to contribute towards the daily 5. In theory, your child could consume four out of their 5-a-day in one meal at Café Rouge.
They would have to opt for fruit salad as their pudding to accomplish this. J has vanilla ice-cream with marshmallows, but still manages three fruit and veg portions.
£6.95 gets you a petite starter, a main, a dessert and a soft drink. The food tastes good and the portion sizes seem reasonable for a little child, although the scoop of ice-cream could be a little bit bigger. And the option of two or more toppings would be nice.
That said, would J like to visit Café Rouge again for a meal? I think he would, as would his parents.
Disclaimer: We were invited for a complimentary meal at Cafe Rouge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.