I've always rather liked Cafe Rouge, and work in the area so have eaten here alone a couple of times, once with a friend. It's often quite quiet on a weekday, and if I'm alone the staff are extremely friendly. Nice atmosphere though, warm and welcoming. One female member of staff even offered to get me a tablet to read because my phone battery was low, and sadly they don't have newspapers as they used to in other branches if not here. The food isn't out of this world, it is competent but could do with a bit of finessing. I've had the Salade Nicoise a couple of times - the addition of avocado is a welcome twist on the original, the second time I ordered it the tuna had been a bit over enthusiastically seared so it was a bit too singed on the outside, and hence the steak was a touch on the tough side. The first time I felt the dressing was on the stingy side but couldn't be bothered to ask for more - and they must know that because the second time round the waiter offered me some extra dressing on the side and I gladly accepted it. But overall it was enjoyable every time, good place to eat alone or with friends, nice menu with lots of interesting choices. I don't eat meat and there were several good options for me. It probably won't blow your mind as a gastronomic experience, but it will be a nice comfortable place to eat a decent meal. And look online for vouchers before you go, big chains like this invariably offer discounts on the food - it took me a couple of minutes to find a valid code for 40% off the a la carte menu. My value rating is based on that discount.
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