CAU Cambridge, It’s all about the beef! November 2015

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The ultra trendy and stylish CAU restaurant in Bene’t Street
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The impressive interior was innovative in concept with it’s grass and sky motif
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The place was packed and buzzing when we ate there… impressive for a Monday night
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We started the evening with Quilmes, a robust Argentinian lager, and Spanish Alambra Negra beer
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For an appetiser we shared the home-baked bread with *chipotle butter

*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

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My starter of Porcini mushroom croquettes, salted cheese and truffle with aioli was rich and delicious
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Steve’s starter of salt and pepper squid topped with chilli and spring onion with chipotle mayo was a light, hot and tasty dish!
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For my main course I chose steak medallions, which was fine succulent cuts of filleted and grilled lomito
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We drank Trasandino Malbec wine with the steak as recommended. It was smooth, rich, with sweet black fruits and as described – a juicy beauty!
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For his main course Steve chose prime rib eye steak, which is often described as the steak-lover’s steak

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.

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The steak was cooked perfectly to his liking – medium rare
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Steve’s steak came with triple cooked chunky chips
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My steak was accompanied by a mixed leaf salad with shallots
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We shared a fresh tomato salad with spring and red onion in mustard vinaigrette
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For dessert we made the error of sharing a chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream, which oozed hot chocolate sauce, and was way too good to share!
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The stunning lighting was most covetable, and a big feature at CAU

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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!”

CAU

15 Bene’t Street

Cambridge

CB2 3QN

Tel: 01223 357000

http://www.caurestaurants.com

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