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“Fine-tuning needed but heart's in the right place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Rouge - brasserie & cafe

Le Rouge - brasserie & cafe
Vilniaus g. 26, Kaunas LT-44287, Lithuania
+370 606 62736
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Ranked #8 of 138 Restaurants in Kaunas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
London
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fine-tuning needed but heart's in the right place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

'The Red' offers french cuisine in Kaunas old town. Just around the corner from the main square. I've been here two or three times and it's worth a visit.

Caters for big parties but has plenty of cosy booths and is warmly lit for a romantic mood. Includes those Ingo Maurer chandeliers made out of handwritten notepaper (yes, I did just look them up :)

Service was fine. Attentive, friendly etc.

For the sheer hell of it we had chips to start. Like you do. (You can always tell a restaurant by the chips...) They were undercooked. The (possibly homemade) mayonnaise (it tasted home-made so it doesn't really matter if it was or it wasn't I suppose) almost managed to pull them round and another portion was bought out when we had a moan. Although we had almost finished them by then. So maybe they weren't that underdone after all...

We also had home-made (see above) fish-goujons. Or, as I prefer to call them, fishfingers. Which were full of fish but thankfully - not full of fingers. Very tasty.

For mains, I had Beef bourguignon. Chunky beef was tender and sauce, rich and tasty. Mash had a little taste of 'Smash' to it but it didn't kill the dish. Parmesan crust around the meat and gravy took it in a new direction from the usual (although not quite sure where).

My beautiful and far more interesting partner had bouillabaisse which had the right balance of fishy, spicy, deep, savouriness to it. Langoustine, clams, mussels, chunky but light lumps of fish. Portion sizes were about right all round.

Winelist is better than most of the places in Kaunas and excellent value by UK standards.

Pudding was a disappointment though as the creme brulee had the texture of 'barely been out of the fridge' butter and was as cold as a penguin's posing pouch.

So we didn't get the impish pleasure of smacking it with our spoons and cracking the glasslike sugar and then sinking into the light, toasty-warm cream underneath like the creme brulee bashing bods we are.

However, it was under £60 for four people (3 courses and booze) so that's why it gets a 'Very good' rating. And whilst it's not going to match up to the best High Street brasseries in the UK. it's certainly one of the best restaurants in Kaunas.

Plus, we also got a free round of armagnac and Grand Marnier/Cointreau - presumably to say sorry about the al dente chips, although it might just have been a friendly gesture from a friendly place.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very nice and cozy :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This place is really nice, service is good, we had local wine and cheese. It is a good place to have a date or a dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ziezmariai, Lithuania
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The most tasty food in Lithuania”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We thought it is just another restaurant in Kaunas. But when we tasted the vegetable soup, we realized that it is the best soop we have ever had. No joke. And the chicken with Ratoutille was fantastic. Thank you Le Rouge for being so great.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Accra, Ghana
1 review
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“OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The starter was absolutely delicious, 10/10, the main course- salmon - generally well cooked, but nothing special. The overall service was OK, but the waiter seamed stuck-up and unpleasant. Did not really like the interior,and the fact that majority of the people have brought small children. Not what I would like to hear on my restaurant-out evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal at rock bottom prices!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant for my birthday on the first day of our holiday, for our first time in Kaunas. After seeing a review in a local guide book, we decided to give it a try. The restaurant is located in the beautiful Old Town region, right on the main street 'Vilniaus' surrounded by great bars.

Inside it's very cosy and romantic, with lovely decor throughout. We ate on a Wednesday evening so there was no issue getting a table, however I noticed it was a very popular spot on a weekend so be prepared you may need to wait if eating at busier times.

I had the French onion soup to start, served with lovely warm crusty bread covered in cheese which was gorgeous. My boyfriend had the potato and leek soup topped with crispy bacon pieces which he loved. We both had the Duck a L'Orange for mains which was served with a lovely potato and fennel salad in a Cointreau sauce (amazing!) and finished the apple tarte tatin with a side of pistachio ice cream - all washed down with a lovely bottle of red and bottle of water. All of this for just £35! Fantastic value for money, I'd definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Kaunas.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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