GUESS WHAT? We’re back!!! You may or may not have noticed our absence but we’ve been tied up (sadly, not literally) with a top secret mission although our lips are tightly sealed for the time being.
Our tiny dancer Sarah has been diagnosed with more food allergies than we’ve had men so between her and Dana’s deadly diseases, we’re on a mission to find you the best “free from” foodie hangouts across the land. First up on our fussy adventure was Cafe Rouge in Liverpool One who have had a refurb in recent weeks and this French fancie is looking all sparkly new.
After we’d scrolled through the ten thousand allergy pages they provided us with, the only thing this night was turning out to be was free from fun. Sadly, it wasn’t quite as helpful as we’d hoped but GM, David assured us that it’s something they’re developing over the next few months.
To start the Crevettes (king prawns in garlic & smoked chilli butter (minus the baked in-house baguette) and the Garlic Bread, more of a giant size sharing garlic pretzel! The bread could have done with some more butter but we were quite happy to double dip in the left over prawny goodness. The Crevettes were quite simply unbelievable “best prawns ever”. If you don’t like getting your hands dirty then these might not be for you as there is some de-shelling involved!
There was quite a wait for our mains but we can only assume they were busy catching the special Sharron had ordered, Le Mussels (we like to think that’s the French version). Rest assured they were worth waiting for, arriving en mass in a ginormous stock pot with a white wine and parsley sauce, simply delicious and a big enough portion for two if you were on a romantic date.
Dee opted for the half roasted chicken and dauphinoise potatoes which had a creamy, crispy underside and the chicken was top notch, marinated in thyme, garlic and black pepper.
Sarah kept it simple sticking with Steak and Frites, a French classic! The chips were nicely spiced with paprika and the steak was succulent and juicy.
For Dessert, we opted for the chocolate, lime & chilli sorbet which was amazing!! It was more like ice cream and had a chilli kick which wasn’t over powering. We also sampled the Tort aux Chocolates et Banana (aka chocolate, banana & praline cake, salted caramel ice cream and dark chocolate sauce). The cake had a cheesecake consistency with big banana bites and the salted caramel ice cream made our evening!
Overall, the newly refurbished interior has been given a new lease of life and is more Parisian than ever and is beautifully lit of an evening. Sharron’s son absolutely loves the lunchtime steak baguette (it’s very child friendly) and sitting on the outside terrace people watching, not quite the same view as the Eiffel Tower but you do see some sights non the less.
The staff couldn’t have done enough to assist with our requirements and are a real credit to the brand. Go check it out next time you need a shopping pit stop!
A la prochaine!