Café Rouge

Price guide: Mid-range

29 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NG

Price guide: Mid-range

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#17 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Chester
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Relaxation

Expert review of Café Rouge

A morsel of France from the popular national chain - new to Chester autumn 2010.

People tend to fall into two camps with Café Rouge: the lovers and the haters. I don't understand it. This charming little chain place has never offended me and I love it for a spot of brunch, in fact it's my favourite time of day at Café Rouge - it somehow elicits the French feel, what with the rattling of coffee cups and the lively chatter.

Food and drink: 

The French classics are covered. It's not a terribly exciting menu, but you'll find your favourites and the standard is consistent, both from day to day and within the chain (there are more than 100 Café rouges now in the UK). I'm a sucker for the eggs of any variety at breakfast - you can even get Le Petit Déjeuner Anglais (that'll be the Full English Breakfast), if you so desire.

Recommended dishes: 

The Entrecote Rouge - a hunk of rib-eye steak with rosemary and garlic, with French fries of course. The moules are pretty good too and, as ever, I top if off with a creme brulee.

Ambience: 

Buzzy and active during the day, the typical atmosphere of nice cafés up and down the land. I've known it to be both fairly lively and too quiet during the evenings, I prefer the former but there's no saying what you'll get on any night of the week.

Service: 

Mostly friendly, can be a little slow: perhaps just teething problems following the opening?

Location: 

Very central; just off the main shopping drag that is Eastgate Street.

Price advice: 

I think the standard menu is already pretty decent value, but the chain is constantly running offers such as 2 for 1 on main courses - it's always worth checking the website for vouchers.

Other useful branches: 

There's another Café Rouge at shopping mecca Cheshire Oaks - a ten-minute drive from central Chester.

More information on Café Rouge:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Café, Restaurant
Food:
French
Address:
29 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NG
Telephone:
01244 315626
Website:
http://www.caferouge.co.uk/location/chester
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Café Rouge? Would you recommended it?