After the fiasco with the last Groupon voucher (see here) I wasn’t going to go back and use Groupon vouchers again, at least for a very long time. However, the refund I got from the fiasco was in the form of a Groupon credit so I had to make use of the credit.
It just so happen that I was having another meetup with a friend and whenever we meet we have always went for a meal using Groupon so not wanting to disrupt our plan and I’ve always wanted to go and try a meal at Cafe Rouge.
Cafe Rouge is a chain of restaurants serving French food. It’s a well established chain of restaurants so I don’t think its Canary Wharf branch would easily disappear causing the hassles we had the last time we wanted to use our Groupon voucher. And this time, I booked our table and brought the voucher just one day before our meal, instead of doing it more than a month beforehand (as last time) giving time for the restaurant to disappear before we had the chance to use the voucher.
I think I made the right decision as this restaurant didn’t disappoint. It was a lovely, spacious restaurant. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, it was a quiet time. Service was warm and friendly. We were allowed to sit there and chat for ages. To top it all off, the meal was excellent. I had the Boeuf Bourguigon. It is one of the best beef dishes I’ve ever had. From the creamy, buttery, smash potato down to the rich red wine sauce, everything in that dish was just perfect and worked so well together. The beef was tender, the bacon crispy, even the slice of onion was tasty and I usually leave the onion bits out. Here, I could easily eat the whole onion. The red wine sauce could not be faulted. It was rich and had a definitive red wine taste and fragrance. I have had this dish in a different restaurant before and the sauce was always a sort of watery reddish liquid. This dish here is the real thing. I shall make a point of coming back here again.
My friend had the Bouillabaisse. It is a fish stew and contains mussels, hake, salmon and prawn. She confirmed it was equally delicious. Needless to say both of us licked the plates clean.
Our Groupon voucher was for a two course meal. Either a starter and main or main with dessert. We both opted for main and dessert.
I went for the apple & blackberry crumble but they probably ran out of blackberry as what I had was apple & rhubard. But no worries. It was just as good particularly the creamy vanilla flavoured sauce. Not a drop of it was left by the time I finished with it. And you probably can’t tell from the pictures but the dessert was very small portion. I could easily ate a few of them in one go.
My friend had Creme Brulee. Delicious! But again the portion was tiny.
Our voucher said we can have mains up to the value of £15.45 and desserts up to £5.95 from the Taste of Rouge menu.
There was no price on the menu and both our main dishes were ones that we had to pay an extra £3 each.
Cost of Groupon voucher for this meal: £19
Extra £3 each for our main: £6
Total cost of meal incl. service charge: £27.50
Price per person: £13.75
Original cost of meal would have been £43.80 ex-service charge so I think we had a very good deal. Finally, another well deserved Groupon voucher.
Below is the video of our walk around Canary Wharf before and after the meal. It was a nice walk around this new financial centre of London and the shopping malls attached to it. Enjoy!