*Chipotle features heavily on the menu at Cau. For the uninitiated like me, it’s a smoke dried ripe jalapeno pepper used primarily in Mexican inspired dishes
At CAU all the steak dishes are available in different weights depending on your appetite, and are accompanied by either chips or salad. Why not both? I was also surprised to find that a small jug of blue cheese sauce to accompany my steak meal cost an extra £1.50 too.
For our ‘date night’ last week Steve and I ate at the stylish contemporary Argentinian restaurant CAU in Bene’t Street on the recommendation of friends, who had raved enthusiastically about the place. We were impressed with the food which embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, and CAU Cambridge is one of a small chain of specialty steakhouses featuring Argentine beef. The service was friendly and somewhat overly attentive, and we felt distinctly rushed so I asked if they could slow down the pace, fearing we would be outside and back on the street again in under an hour! When we arrived at 7.30pm the place was packed and full on both floors, so it was fortunate I had booked in advance. This was impressive for a Monday night, but I think it may be helped by it’s location in the heart of the city where there is a heavy footfall.
There was a buzz and vibrancy throughout the restaurant and the taped music was an eclectic mix of 60’s Motown, through jazz to Spanish guitar. We sat upstairs in a booth which I liked the privacy of, and the decor featured a grass and blue skies with white clouds motif throughout the restaurant (even in the toilets!) It’s a very innovative and stylish concept and although minimalist I noticed that they provided linen napkins for the tables, which was an upmarket touch.
Although CAU oozes cosmopolitan sophistication it’s a fun, relaxed and informal place to eat which seemed to appeal to family groups with children, students and couples of all ages. The bill came to over £100 for a 3 course meal with drinks, so this is not a cheap night out but rather a special occasion venue, especially if you are a steak fan. Granny Apples says “give it a try!”
15 Bene’t Street
Tel: 01223 357000