Café Rouge, a French style brasserie chain restaurant which is owned by the same group who own Bella Italia and Strada.
Luck must have been our side as we were efficiently escorted to our table just as the rest of Glasgow shoppers walked through the door behind us, if we had turned up five minutes later we may have had to look elsewhere for lunch.
As you would expect, the wine list contains only French wines, whilst the beer list does extend a little further east to pull in a few tasty offerings from Belgium. As Nicola began to enjoy her LARGE glass of house white, I tried something new by ordering Früli, a delicious Belgian wheat beer with strawberries that has already become one of my favourite beers!
Café Rouge offer an all-day serving of traditional main course meals, lighter snacks and salads as well as a well priced prix fixe menu. Today we both ordered two courses from the prix fixe at a cost of £8.50 each.
For my own main course, I had taken a little bit of a gamble and ordered the Gauffre au Thon. This was tuna and Gruyère cheese baked on top of a warmed waffle. I'm not sure what I was expecting to see on my plate, but I suppose a posh version of tuna melt would be the best way to describe my main course. The crisp, warmed waffle was surprisingly light, whilst the topping of tuna and Gruyère was seasoned well and deliciously creamy.
We have eaten in Café Rouge on a number of occasion and have always been satisfied. I think the reason for this is down to the fact that the menu is, for the most part, simple food prepared and cooked well. The prix fixe menu changes on a regular basis but always offers a good choice of typically French cuisine at an affordable price.
I know that a lot of people can be a bit stuffy about using chain restaurants, myself included sometimes, but as long as the service is prompt, friendly and efficient, and the food is served hot and delicious, then the chain restaurants will always be places to consider when dining out. Today, Café Rouge ticked all of the boxes and it's only a matter of time before we're back.