We were recently invited on behalf of Mumsnet, to test out the new kid’s menu at Cafe Rouge. Taking advantage of my annual leave, we went for lunch with hubby and our Son (aged 2 and a half). We have been to Cafe Rouge before (prior to Little Mr’s arrival) and really enjoyed it so we were pleased to see they were family friendly and had a kid’s menu which is aimed at diners aged 10 and below.
We went to our local Cafe Rouge in The Mailbox, Birmingham and sat inside the restaurant. There is a lovely balcony dining area looking out over the canal which is ideal for anyone wanting to enjoy the rare sunshine!
The kid’s menu (Menu Pour Les Enfants) on first glance is impressive. Not only can you colour in the menu, you can order a three course meal with a drink for just £6.95 and there is a good selection of mains and desserts which cater for a variety of tastes and fussy eaters (just like Little Mr.)
I like that there is only one option for starters – Warm Fougasse Finger and Crudites. Little Mr loves bread and butter and loves cucumber and carrot sticks so it’s the perfect start to a grown up meal.
The fougasse finger was freshly made and smelt divine. Little Mr ate most of his bread, all of his cucumber but offered me his carrot sticks as they were a little hard for him!
Wide variety of mains to choose from
The mains selection on the kid’s menu has 7 options all of which are firm family friendly favourites such as breaded chicken fillets, porky grilled sausages and pasta to name just a few.
Little Mr chose to sample the Poulet Goujons which was breaded chicken fillets with frites, peas and sweetcorn. He ordered his mains himself and asked for chicken and chips which was very cute. On arrival, the plate of food was very generous. It included 3 large breaded goujons, a handful of frites and a couple of tablespoons of mixed peas and sweetcorn. The vegetables go towards one portion of the recommended five a day portions of fruit and vegetables. The meal was too large for Little Mr to eat so older (or hungrier) children would have no problem with the portion sizes. Little Mr really enjoyed his main course and it was good to see him eating so well.
Always room for dessert
The kids dessert menu is a wonderful mix of treats and sweet delights. Little Mr really like the sound of a Chocolate Crepe as we don’t have many crepes at home (we really should though!)
When his dessert came, it looked a bit messy with the ice cream melting in the heat and all the chocolate sauce all over the plate but Little Mr wasn’t bothered and didn’t wait for his dessert to be cut up and tucked straight in. The empty plate at the end of the meal spoke volumes to me and the Chocolate Crepe was definitely a hit.
Didn’t enjoy the drinks
From a parents point of view, the selection on the drinks menu is good. There’s juice, milk, cordial or fizzy pop for little diners to have with their meal. Unfortunately, Little Mr didn’t enjoy his strawberry cordial drink but opted for a glass of water with a slice of lemon instead.
Posh grown up lunches
Both hubby and I really enjoyed our meals. For starters, Hubby had the Camembert (breaded cheese with cranberry and redcurrant sauce) and I had Soupe a L’Oignons (onion soup with Gruyere cheese and baguette croutons.)
For mains, I was being very diet conscious although the whole of the menu looked absolutely amazing. I chose the Super Salade (roasted butternut squash, beetroot, artichoke, chicory, pea shoots, roquito chillies and mixed seeds) with chargrilled chicken breast. I was really impressed with my salad, it was a large bowl full of perfectly cooked (where needed) vegetables and the roquito chillies were really delicious. Hubby had the Beef Bourguignon which was beautifully cooked and seasoned well.
Whilst Little Mr enjoyed his Chocolate Crepe, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to have dessert so hubby enjoyed the Profiteroles (which were on the lunch menu and not the main evening meal menu) and I had Crepe Aux Fruits (crisp French pancake basket, tarte tatin ice cream and fresh fruit in a strawberry coulis) Both our desserts were really lovely and very much enjoyed.
Family friendly facilities
Of course whilst we were at the restaurant, Little Mr needed his nappy changed so we got to try out the family friendly facilities which were ideal for our use. Highchairs are also available if needed.
The staff at Cafe Rouge, The Mailbox, Birmingham were all very helpful and friendly. Service wasn’t as fast as we would have liked as there’s only so long a colouring in sheet and crayons can hold Little Mr’s attention but all the food was cooked well and at the right temperature.
We will definitely consider going back to Cafe Rouge with Little Mr now we know they are a family friendly restaurant and have a wonderful kid’s menu to enjoy.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. We were given a sum of money towards our meal but we paid the extra costs ourselves. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.