Having been to a few Gaucho’s before, my mouth was literally watering in anticipation of a night full of delicious, succulent Argentine steak and for my first experience of its sister restaurant ‘Cau’ – I was not disappointed. When Cau announced they were opening in Central London at St. Katharine’s Dock and asked if we’d like to try the menu – I don’t think our arms have ever shot up so fast.
The decor you can tell is by the same designer as the Gaucho chain, glamorous and funky yet very welcoming. The menu takes inspiration from Spain and Italy with that all important beef from Argentina – it’s a great mix. Drinks are as you would expect from a Buenos Aires style menu – fresh, delicious and moreish. We had Sangria, a Gin and Tonic (which was stunning…) and sampled their own brand wine both white (a blend of Marsanne and Riesling) and red which you can only get at Cau.
Then the food started arriving by our dedicated waiting team of Caugirls and Cauboys (Geddit?) and there were lots of approving noises round the table as we all tucked in to a number of small plates including: homemade hummus, smoked beef with wasabi, empanadas, chilli salt squid and pork belly tempura (yes literally heart attack bites but SO good). Then the mains were bought over and we had a selection of their sides as well as a range of their speciality cuts. Probably the best tasting steak I’ve had. My favourite was the Lomito – the fillet of rump = beautiful.
The location is great, Cau has a few restaurants dotted around the UK already – check out their website to see if you are lucky to have one near you: http://www.
caurestaurants.com/book-a- table/ St. Katharine’s Dock is the first one in central London and it is beyond fabulous. – when it’s sunny the whole front of the restaurant opens up so you can sit, drink and gaze at the yachts whilst scoffing delicious food. Oh, they also do Sunday Roast at £15pp and play Blondie tracks … tempted? You should be.