Stepping across the threshold of Armadale’s French-inspired Rouge cafe instantly conjures images of breton stripes and berets, as your senses are assailed with chic Parisian-inspired fare.
At any time of day, the cosy cafe is alive with activity, as couples, friends, mums and children read the paper, sip lattes and tuck into eggs Benedict or crusty baguettes. Every table (inside and out) is adorned with a single red rose and a game of quoits lies stacked at the front door, ready to be played.
Breakfast consists of classic pastries, croissants and various freshly-made dishes, including cranberry and pistachio toasted muesli with vanilla yoghurt; and a gratin of homemade baked beans and shredded ham hock.
Lunch is a visual affair, with baguettes, quiches and pies beaming from the cafe’s glass cases, as well as a daily menu featuring anything from potted cheese to pappardelle pasta. The cafe also offers a number of homemade treats to take home, with highlights including the passionfruit and raspberry baby-cake and specially made meringues in the shapes of the alphabet.