Review: Cafe Du Soleil

“A beautiful location with a tasty menu”

Cafe Du Soleil
7/10
 

The Location

A beautiful former 18th century wool store with access to the restaurant over its own bridge over the river Stour. Cafe Du Soleil is in a fantastic location in Canterbury, Kent. Situated by Westgate Towers on Pound Lane, it is in a prime location for residents, students and tourists alike. The building went through some restoration from a grant from English Heritage and it now proudly showcases the reclaimed building material from the 14C city wall and provides its visitors with a super warm and inviting atmosphere.
 
Our Christmas Party was put together by the wonderful staff at the Cafe Du Soleil on the 18th December 2017. We had the top floor event room which was beautifully decorated, warming and incredibly cozy and the wooden beams and the brick walls gave us that extra ‘christmassy’ feel as we all drank wine and celebrated together.
 
The location is fabulous for any event and would certainly be big enough for a large get-together. There is even an upstairs bar (with very attentive staff) so you never have to leave the party!

The Food

On to the good stuff! It’s no lie that Cafe Du Soleil has been celebrated in Canterbury for providing a great range of creative, Mediterranean and indulging cuisine. Their menu changes with the seasons which is wonderful if you wish to discover new food and with a lot of their food cooked in a wood burning oven with locally sourced wood from managed forests – you’ll feel even more at home! Fabulous!
 
So for my Christmas Dinner I had a surprisingly generous three course meal. I wasn’t sure what to expect really being that this was the first Christmas Dinner that wasn’t remotely ‘Christmassy’ in the slightest but overall, I’d give it a 7/10.
To start I was served a tasty Salmon and Crab Fried “Sushi” with fresh salmon, crab, rocket and nori in a tempura batter, served with a wasabi and soy sauce. The starter was big, generous and flavorsome. I was worried that the fresh salmon would be overcooked as it was dipped in a tempura batter but I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. The starter wasn’t hot, but warm and melt-in-your-mouth, exactly how I imagine it should be served.
 
For my main I had a local cod, topped with a creamy brown shrimp gratin, stir fried udon noodles with soy wasabi butter sauce. Now, I picked this dish with caution because for me, fish and noodles is an absolute no-no. I wouldn’t usually have a flaky piece of cod on soft noodles and unfortunately it wasn’t the best. The udon noodles were a tad overcooked for me which was a shame seeing as the cod above it was well cooked, although slightly under-seasoned. Unfortunately I didn’t finish it as the flavour of the wasabi was the only thing I could taste and so I decided to, instead, wait for the dessert…
 
The dessert! Well, I do like a good pudding and thankfully – this was a pudding that I am happy to write about, and if nobody was looking, I would’ve licked the plate clean too. To look at it’s a simple cheesecake – it’s nothing special, it isn’t deconstructed, it isn’t powdered with all kinds of theatre – it is just a cheesecake and a pretty good one at that. It was an orange & stem ginger cheesecake served with mascarpone and caramelised oranges. Simple but tasty. For me, you can’t really go wrong with a cheesecake. It’s substantial loveliness, creamy and wholesome and full of joy! This particular cheesecake was nice but then, most cheesecakes often are. If there was any criticism for this little humble round creamy mound of goodness, it would be that it needed a tad more caramalised orange to lift the flavour a tad but when there is silence at the table during the dessert course – you know you’re onto a bit of a winner…. However, lose the mint leaf – it really doesn’t do anything at all.

Overall

“A tasty place in a lovely environment.”

Whatever the event – this is a good place to come to. It’s warm, it’s inviting and the food is creative occasionally safe but otherwise yummy.

Address

Cafe du Soleil
5 Pound Ln, Canterbury CT2 8AA
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