Cafe Rouge Bull Ring
Recently I had a meal at Cafe Rouge Bull Ring that was surprisingly good.
I will usually choose an indepedent restaurant or cafe over a chain but last week, after attending an emotion minute silence in town due to the horrible events in Manchester, I found myself looking for something quick and easy in the sunshine that wouldn’t wreck the vaguely good work I’d done in the gym.
It occurred to me that I hadn’t been to Cafe Rouge in years, but the food smells and sunshine drenched terrace were too much to resist and I grabbed a table overlooking the Bull Ring.
I was surprised to find there was space outside to be honest, due to it being 1pm and the fact that the terrace itself is a total lunchtime sun trap, but I was seated in a matter of seconds and a server provided me with various menus before coming back 2 minutes later to take my order.
For a drink I chose the French Garden Fizz (£3.25) mocktail which was a sparkling combination of elderflower, lemon and lime. Totally gorgeous and really refreshing, I absolutely loved it – in hindsight I wish I’d added a gin to it haha.
There’s a 2 courses for £12.95 spring menu as well as the main menu with some lovely sounding dishes, although I was craving something virtuous so I opted for one of the salads from the daily menu: the Warm Tuna Niscoise Salad (£12.95).
The salad arrived within ten minutes and looked good; larger than I expected. The tuna steak was seared and warm to the touch. Upon cutting it I was delighted to see it wasn’t overcooked or dry, actually having a line of pink running through it.
An interesting and delicious salad which, from my previous experience of Cafe Rouge, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy so much. Zingy, sunshine flavours and a great tuna steak portion which makes the £12.95 price tag less horrifying.
Cafe Rouge Bull Ring, Upper Mall West, Birmingham B5 4BG
Disclosure: I paid for this meal in full. All views are my own