Visited Cafe Rouge at the start of the Christmas shopping season with a voucher offer. Food was good but not exactly amazing nor did I feel it was particularly French. I had pate, beef bourgion and a mini creme brulee and coffee, all were decent, my dining partner had half a roast chicken and chips and ice cream with fruits (neither particularly French in my opinion). I do accept that, as Cafe Rouge is a chain restaurant it needs to have a broad appeal but I didn't feel that the menu was particularly French enough other than having French names for the food, I was disappointed not be able to have snails in garlic butter. The decor also leaves alot to be desired, the Edinburgh branch is in need of an upgrade - I didnt really understand the reason for the yellow and red colour scheme and the idea of having old French posters on the walls seems a bit outdated and cliched in comparrison to other French eateries in the city. The service was average, because of where we were seated, it was a struggle to get the waiters attention. The waiter did make a mistake with our desserts, bringing out a praline mousse instead of the ice cream but it was quickly corrected. What I will say is that the restaurant seems to be very family/child friendly, so reccommend it if you have kids and needing somewhere half decent to eat.
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