What I like about Cafe Rouge is that you can come here just for drinks or for a proper meal. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff don’t rush you in any manner. The red and white furniture complements the dark wooden surroundings. It does feel like a bistro that you would get in France!
The tea is always served by the pot and the coffee is also of a good quality. The butter biscuits are a nice accompaniment if you just want something small to go with the hot drinks.
Cafe Rouge do a soup of the day and the one that was on offer when we went was red pepper and aubergine soup. It was a flavoursome soup with big chunks of aubergine. The soup came with half a baguette which was very fresh. A filling starter that could easily satisfy as a main meal.
Another good starter is the warm ciabatta style breadsticks which comes with three dips: hummus, tomato and aioli. You also get a small amount of salad. The amount of dips is fairly small, but it suffices.
To finish the meal, a good choice is the assortment of desserts. These are smaller portions of the creme brulee, red fruit crumble and chocolate ganache. None of them disappointed and it was nice to get a taster of them all!
Cafe Rouge, 6-7 South Grove, Highgate, London, N6 6BP