Edinburgh Cafe Rouge
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Frederick Street, Edinburgh
  • I noticed that one attractive young waitress was most amused as I sat chatting in French to a French lady I knew

    • by Andrew HN Gray

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      In the centre of Edinburgh stands a restaurant cum café which is the sort of place Toulouse Lautrec would not feel out of place in. Apart from not being allowed to smoke inside Scottish restaurants and pubs, now, the general ambience of this place is very much as it should be. The building is a ‘New Town’ former office, at one time the head office of a Scotch Whisky company. It has been converted sympathetically so that the fabric of the building does not seem strange in a French setting.

      The offerings available would not disgrace a French bistro. The staff all wear long

      aprons and have been known to speak with French accents. I noticed that one attractive young waitress was most amused as I sat chatting in French to a French lady I knew. She served us speaking fluent and impeccable French, despite being Scots herself. Never underestimate your waiter or waitress!

      If you fancy a coffee, you will find all the types of coffee you could want here. If wine is preferred, or cognac, beer or whisky, just say the word. If you fancy a little soupcon of something suitably Gallic, where better to come. French Onion Soup? But, of course, m’sieur! Caesar’s Salad? D’accord!

      The ...

      • service is delightful. The waiting staff seem often to have been chosen for their dark, Latin looks – though not the red-haired Scots girl I mentioned. None of them are French, however.

        In summer, the Café Rouge offers a delightful chance to sit in the sun and to enjoy the warmth and bustle of Frederick Street, one of the main thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, an area of the city built in the late eighteenth century. You can just see the Castle in the distance to the south, partly hidden by the buildings further down the street. To the north, an open vista shows you the

        fields of Fife across the Firth of Forth. A coffee or citron presse is a real pleasure on such spring and summer days, especially with a light salad, frites and , perhaps, a Vienner Schnitzel.

        Prices? They are perfectly reasonable. I regularly meet clients there for a relaxed atmosphere and it doesn’t break the bank. It is the sort of place that you are bound to see someone you know. I regularly end up chatting to people I haven’t seen in a long time. It is a place to eat, a place to drink and a place to meet. The best of all worlds.

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