CAU - Bath Food Review
Posted on: 2016-11-09
CAU has around 20 restaurants in the UK and it finally opened its doors to Bath in January of this year. Located in the boutique and modern Milsom Place, CAU has taken off thanks to its offering of something different; Argentinian food. We went along to try some of Argentina’s best-loved dishes:
As soon as you enter CAU it’s obvious it isn’t like anywhere else. With grass wallpaper and fancy booths, it’s very relaxed but has an up-market feel to it at the same time. Every waitress and waiter has tried all the dishes on the menu so that they can personally recommend what they like and provide details on how everything is cooked. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable on how each steak was cooked but also gave us a friendly hint on her favourites. While we were waiting we were given hummus and crispbreads, which looked too artistic to eat (but of course we did). The hummus was full of flavour and had a sprinkling of nuts and chilli on top for a little something different.
For starters you can choose from several ‘Small Plates’. The Salt & Pepper Squid had a kick to it but wasn’t too spicy. It’s tossed in peppered flour then ‘crisped to perfection’ and is served with chipotle mayo. The squid wasn’t too chewy and it was enough for two people as a starter, which is good value at £6.75. The Empanadas (like mini pasties) are another good choice and you can get two for £7 from a list of different fillings. We tried the Spicy Ground Beef & Onion as well as the Spinach, Ricotta & Date which was creamy and mourish.
CAU pride themselves on their fresh steaks (they don’t freeze any) and cook them any way you like, with several portion sizes available. Seeing as the Medallions were advertised as being ‘the most succulent cuts of lomito’ I had to try it. Although it didn’t look a lot on the plate, it was 220g and was very filling, plus it was enjoyable to eat as it was indeed tender and succulent (cooked medium rare). It’s served with a sauce of your choice, though I have to say the blue cheese sauce was superb. My dining partner was hugely impressed with his big portion of rib eye that was covered in seasoning and beautifully cooked. The steaks cost as much as you’d expect, but you also get a side and a sauce with them so for £14.95 for the Medallions and between £17.95 and £24.95 for the Rib Eye depending on what size you get, they’re a must try.
There’s an interesting range of desserts on the menu and as I was so full I had the lighter Piña-CAU-Ladapudding which is made up of grilled pineapple, rum caramel, coconut sorbet and lime. At £5.25 it’s fab value and although there could have been more rum caramel, it was tasty and refreshing. Even more of a bargain are the Churros, at only £4.95 there’s enough for two people, and my dining partner couldn’t finish all of them. The Churros were of course Argentinian-style, lightly dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with the traditional dulce de leche sauce.
Although CAU is hidden in the centre of Bath it’s one not to be missed out on. I wish I had gone there sooner, but now that I have tried their unique dishes I’m so glad I went. If you’re a steak lover especially, you’ll want to get down to CAU asap!
Born in Bath, Safia has lived on the outskirts of the city her whole life. After studying journalism in Bristol she now spends a lot of her time searching for new things to see in Bath and soaking up the beautiful culture. You're most likely to find her sipping a soya latte in a lovely little independent cafe! Call Safia on 07468 516375 or email editor@365Bath.com.