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Café Rouge Christmas Party Menu Review

Café Rouge Christmas Party Menu Review 
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is looking at its Christmas best, decked out with thousands of lights and everywhere you look tinsel and baubles abound. There’s no better place to get into the festive spirit with a bit of last minute shopping especially if you follow it by a visit to Café Rouge who have a great Christmas menu on offer with two courses for £16.95 and three for £19.95.

With bags bulging with Christmas treats, chocolates, boxes of Turkish Delight (put in another, one is never enough), figs, nuts, dates and all those things that you are still eating your way through in February next year, we bagged the last table for two. They are doing a roaring trade and rightly so as despite the restaurant being rammed both the service and the food was every bit as good as usual.

We started with smooth chicken liver pâté with shallot and raisin chutney served with rye and caraway bread for me, and for my all shopped out companion, potted salmon with shallots, fresh herbs, crème fraiche and a buttery top, served with watercress, pickled fennel and caraway bread. For the main courses I ordered the turkey ballotine, roast turkey wrapped in streaky bacon with sage and onion stuffing and all the trimmings including duck fat roast potatoes, and after a bit of deliberation confit de canard won out with my friend.

Whilst waiting for the starters we did a bit of list-checking and ticking off – happily only a few things still unticked – and listened to the brass band playing an agreeable selection of festive music from the floor below. Our starters arrived nicely presented, the potted salmon in a jar topped by a thick butter crust, and the pâté also hiding under a thick butter crust. Both were absolutely delicious and although we had decided not eat all the butter crust somehow we did!

Our main courses arrived looking splendid and we made a toast to Christmas and happy times with a nice large glass of Merlot. My turkey ballotine was outstanding and with all the trimmings, pigs in blankets, roast chestnuts and Brussel sprouts, and dozens of roast potatoes it nearly crept off the plate and would have satisfied a dozen navvies. The confit de canard was demolished and even the bone gnawed; the buttered layered potatoes were excellent and cherry sauce the perfect accompaniment.

We finished our meal with crème brûlée with a Christmas twist being made with vanilla and Cointreau, and fresh orange segments. We had a lovely evening and left full of Christmas cheer as well as with full tummies.

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