We are really lucky to live less than 45 minutes away from the Trafford Centre. Such a variety of shops, with free parking and no need to get wet or cold as it is all under cover (I cannot STAND being cold & wet!) Obviously, after a hard shopping session (in my case, that translates as 2 shops) we need to eat. This food blog would not be where it is without us being greedy hungry creatures!
We were invited a couple of weeks ago to visit Cafe Rouge in the Trafford Centre and let them know what we thought. They didn’t want my opinions though, they wanted Tara to review. All part of the Kids Dining Guide at the Trafford Centre.
Now, we have eaten at the Trafford Centre hundreds of times but have never made it into Cafe Rouge. We mistakenly thought it was light snacks, like salads and baguettes instead of full meals – No idea why, when we hadn’t even consulted the menu. We’ve even seen Cafe Rouge at Center Parcs and thought the same. Big mistake!
So we arrived at Cafe Rouge to be greeted by Ben, our waiter for the evening. Straightaway Tara took to him – If you visit, tell Ben we sent you – He is a complete natural with kids. Yep, it was his idea to feed Bunny some carrots sticks in a ramekin!
Both Tara (Aged 5) and Violet (Aged 10) ordered from the children’s menu for their main course but on Ben’s advice chose the Garlic Fougasse (Fougasse A L’Ail) to share for starter. It was ENORMOUS! But still disappeared. So fresh and tasty but not too heavy on the garlic for little ones. Really good value at £5.
Time for the main course and it was Beef Burger all the way for Tara. Served in a most delicious Brioche Bun (I’m loving the trend for Brioche and burgers – so much more interesting than a plain old white bread roll). What Tara really loved was that her salad came separately instead of being stuck inside the bun (Am I being really Northern calling them a ‘bun’?) And just look at the pile of crispy, hot fries that accompanied the burger. Huge portion sizes.
The Children’s menu can be found here if you want to check it out before you visit – Great value for £6.95 – We really liked that the drinks menu did not just include fizzy drinks either. Tara’s milk was a great addition.
You can just about see some of my Poulet Breton (Chicken Supreme with courgettes and mushrooms) that was totally divine – I love a creamy chicken dish but so often they are full of cheese. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
A vast selection of French dishes for all the family – Dermot & Millie shared the most enormous Cote de Boeuf as a special treat – at the recommendation of Ben. A price of £45 may seem extravagant but for 2 to share and plenty for the rest of us to test, we felt it was good value when we saw the actual size of the dish. Really brought back wonderful memories of our yearly holiday in Biarritz – The closest we have come to getting in the holiday spirit in this country.
Both girls were delighted to be served their first ever Babyccino – I fear Ben has now started a trend amongst my children that they ask for a Babyccino wherever we go! Dessert was the obligatory ice-cream served with sprinkles and chocolate popping candy that they could serve themselves with. Bunny finishes off the greens!
Many Thanks to Ben, the staff from Cafe Rouge and the team at the Trafford Centre for our visit. We are so pleased to have found a new (to us) restaurant and highly recommend the food and the service. We had a really relaxing, family meal and will definitely be back.
Disclosure: We received our meal in exchange for an honest review from Tara.