Café Rouge, Highgate, London, N6 6BP, 11 March 2016
Happy Friday, I am celebrating my beloved Friday with, of course, Fish and Chips. Today, I am doing something slightly different, a British soul food, Fish and Chips at French (chain) bistro, Café Rouge. One of my colleague told me she had one on Thursday night and and was mildly praising. I must do (copy) this. Conveniently, Voucher Codes sent me a voucher of 50% main courses at Café Rouge. Yey!
£13 is top end of what I pay these days in pubs. I went Café Rouge so many times in the past but never gave any attention to Poisson Frites. But who does!?
- Fish 9/10. Wow what a surprise. Fish was slightly firm and dry but it is because the fish was hake, not because of the way of cooking. Having skin on makes such a difference in terms of flavour. It gives more depth together with hot crunchy golden batter, skin, and firm flesh when munching. Not giving full mark only because I could not taste “mustard” in batter (though I could see mustard grains), what is the significance of having mustard in the batter.
- French fries 9/10. Delicious, crunchy AND already seasoned perfectly. Not too salty but enough to bring out of the sweetness and warmth of potatoes.
- Pea shoots….sorry no score on pea shoots, what is the point of this? Yes I ate them, taste of weed… as Michel Roux Jr says at Master chef, don’t put anything on the plate which you cannot eat!
Overall 9/10 despite pea cock ups, you have made a massive impression to Fish and Chips critic. Don’t ever underestimate French! Even better, I had 50% off, costed me an impressive £6.50. THANK YOU Café Rouge!