After months of rain and flooding, spring seems to have arrived this weekend. So the prospect of being able to eat outdoors was too appealing to pass up.
We headed down to Brighton’s marina (pictured) and landed a table on the sunny terrace outside Café Rouge.
It seems we weren’t the only people to have the same idea. I ordered the loup de mer en papillotte –sea bass fillets baked with lemon, leeks and herbs, served with beurre blanc and new potatoes – but they’d had a run on the dish.
I opted for a steak frites with béarnaise sauce instead – a real classic. My partner chose the burger de Bourgogne, which came served in a brioche bun with cheese and crispy smoked ham. The cheese was billed as bresse bleu, a blue cheese from eastern France, though I guess they had run out of that too. What they served was brie.
I know burgers are all the rage in Paris at the moment, but this one had little authenticity about it.
That said, although few people would claim that the restaurant chain offers haute cuisine, today the food element of lunch was, frankly, only part of the package.
To be able to eat al fresco – or, en plein air, as the French say – by the waterside was the real pièce de résistance.