At CAU, the menu “embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, a melting pot of comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown, its beef”. For us, than meant getting to try the burgers on the menu, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist.
At the moment, there are 14 CAU restaurants, all but one located in the UK (for the record, the one not in the UK is based in Amsterdam). We visited the restaurant in Henley-on-Thames, although we tried to get a reservation in Reading first, but it was fully booked!
The first thing to mention about CAU is that there is a great choice of drinks. I couldn’t choose between a cocktail or a beer, so I just had both (a Classic Mojito for £6.50 and Quilmes Bock Red Lager for £4.25). The beer was exclusive to CAU, and it would be reason alone to return – it was dark, stunning and not at all hoppy.
Now for our verdict on the burgers. I ordered the Buenos Aires burger (£14.95) which was packed full of extras. On top of the beef patty – served pink – there was sticky BBQ beef rib meat, crispy onion rings and apple & quince jam, as well as a large bit of lettuce. It was all secured in a brioche bun.
All of the beef was incredibly tender and flavoursome; I really can’t fault it at all! But because the burger had so many components, I had to go against my usual rule of eating burgers with my hands – I needed to resort to my knife and fork!
Still it was a compromise I was happy to make in order to protect my dress from too many spills and stains. CAU isn’t a dirty burger joint, it’s a restaurant, so I needed to preserve some of my dignity.
Sean had the BBQ burger (£11.95) also in a brioche bun. It was loaded with barbecue sauce, Montgomery cheese, red onion marmalade, and crispy onion rings.
He managed to eat it without his cutlery, as it wasn’t stacked quite as high as my own burger. His was cooked more like medium-well, but still lovely and soft. Like me, he would definitely recommend this burger as one that maintains it’s shape and doesn’t get soggy with the fillings.
Both meals came with a choice of chips or salad; we both had thin fries with accompanying dip.
It’s worth noting that we also tried out the chocolate fondant pudding (£5.95) which was served with ice cream. It was an excellent end to the meal, so worth a go if you still have a bit of room.
CAU is definitely worth a visit if you want a gourmet burger; there are a few other choices on the menu which sound great including a spicy Latin burger and a chicken burger. We’re looking forward to trying out another branch in the near future.
CAU can be found at 38 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AU. This review took place on 31/10/15. You can visit their website at www.caurestaurants.com to see all other branches.
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