Blackheath is not an area of London I am familiar with, in fact is it even in London?! “Due to adverse weather conditions” our journey to CAU restaurant was not particularly pleasant involving two tubes, a train and a bus but when we did eventually arrive the staff seemed pleased to see us and got us settled in to our table immediately.
The restaurant concept, which hopes to recreate the vibrancy and energy of Buenos Aires, focuses on the culinary class of Argentinian meats. CAU goes for the whole grass-fed theme, green blades decorate the corrugated metal interiors, and nearly everything on the menu comes from a grass-fed animal.
Still reeling from the journey, we indulged with a dulce de leche milkshake and a virgin pina colada to abide by my self-imposed ‘dry January’. To accompany our drinks we chose belly of pork tempura, tasty in flavour but seriously high in fat content!
Among other dishes, is a choice of steaks, classic cuts or more adventurous speciality options which we tried. Considering the prodigious portions, the prices are very low, ranging from £13 for the smallest cut to £32.95 for the 500g “king of steaks”. The Lomito (fillet of rump) was a little too chewy and lacking in flavour compared to the Tira de Ancho (spiral cut of rib eye) which is marinated in chimichurri and grilled slowly to ensure tenderness – very tasty. Of the chip varieties, I would recommend the chunky handcut, triple-fried for maximum crunch. Our mixed side salad looked a bit sad, not that we had room for it anyway.
To complete the meal, we couldn’t resist the Cornflake Ice Cream Sundae, highly recommended by our waitress. It isn’t the most professional looking dessert, but the components work brilliantly together, the ultimate luxury kids’ pudding.
CAU reminded me of a more family-friendly and affordable version of the Gaucho chain, and I’m sure it’s a real asset to Blackheath High Street.
More information and book here: www.caurestaurants.com