Saturday 5 April 2008

Continental Breakfast at Cafe Rouge, Hay's Galleria, London Bridge.

The riverside Hay's Galleria shopping precinct is home to a large branch of the long-standing, ubiquitous Cafe Rouge chain of bistros, which do a respectable job of capturing a flavour of France. At the front are plenty of tables underneath the soaring glass canopy of the Galleria. Inside a swarm of waiters and waitresses in white shirts buzz around against a backdrop of yellow walls decorated with prints and posters from France. The "regular" filter coffee (£1.85) is pretty good, but the fluffy cappuccino (£2.25) tends to be lukewarm. Both are served in cups the size of a small soup bowl. The refreshing fruit juices (£1.85) also come in generous portions. For about a fiver, you can get a basket containing two mini croissants, two mini pain au raisin, two mini pain au chocolat and some French bread with a small pot of quality jam - good value until you factor in the optional service charge of 12.5 per cent. 6/10