Wednesday, 18 January 2017

On CAU'D 9 - CAU Southampton

For anyone who isn't aware, CAU is an Argentinian restaurant that brings the vibrancy and cuisine of Buenos Aires to your city. CAU's menu combines a mixture of food from Italy, Spain and the speciality of Argentinian food, their Beef. With a large variety on offer I was totally hyped to try out a restaurant I hadn't before.

It had been a couple of years since the last time I had steak, so this was the first thing that I was looking into when we got there. We were welcomed and shown to our table by Nuno, who ensured that anything that we needed on the night was provided to us and he was the friendliest waiter I've seen in a restaurant. We went with the full three courses and took our time to ensure that we pick things that we've never tried before.

This lead myself to picking Anticuchos Skewers, which is Paprika Chicken with Guacamole and is one style of Argentinian street food that was available. This starter was amazing as the chicken was cooked perfectly, the amount of Paprika used was spot on and combined with the guacamole, tasted like nothing I've had before. Alice had the Salt and Pepper Squid which was prepared in flour and toasted, this also comes wirh a side of chipotle mayo for that extra added kick. Alice really enjoyed this and we both felt the starters set us up nicely for the rest of the meal.

Then it was on to the mains and the thing I was looking forward to the most, the steak. As I wanted to try one of their house specialities I went with the 400g  Asado De Chorizo, which is a sirloin steak with a churrasco marinade of smoked paprika, aji molido, garlic and parsley. I also decided on the chimichurri sauce, which had all the same ingredients as the Asado De Chorizo but had red pepper within it that worked perfectly with the marinade. You do have to order chips as a side but with how big the steak is, it is an extra I would be happy to pay for as the chunky chips were good. Alice also went with steak but chose the 220g classic Sirloin steak with Peppercorn sauce and included chips or salad as a side. Although it's smaller than the steak I had, it was still cooked really well and the sides weren't just an after thought, it was put together so well that you could see that a lot of effort went into the meals we had.

Finally it was on to desert and what would a restaurant with an Argentinian theme be without Churros.  CAU's Argentinian style churros were lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar and with a side of dulce de leche to dip them in and man it was good. Alice went with the Winter Berry Cheesecake which was a perfect mixture of a classic cheesecake but had a mixed berry marble top. Our only let down on the whole night was the coffee. I'm not sure if it was the style on offer or the fact it was whole milk, but they really didn't taste nice at all. This isn't a knock on all their drinks as I had a Rum & Mango Smash cocktail while I waited for our starters and it was good, so so good.

Overall I loved the experience, service and the amount of puns the restaurant managed to get out of the work CAU, (as someone who appreciates a good pun they did well here) the food was majestic and I'm already trying to work out when I can make my next visit. Have you tried a CAU Restaurant before? Let me know what you thought of it.

*Complimentary meal for the purpose of this review. 

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