When you have traveled two hours and you are now walking through Blackheath on a cold and wet winter evening, what do you desire most of all? Somewhere inviting and warm to take shelter? A warm smile you greet you at the door? A chest warming rum cocktail? Some warm and comforting food? You might notice a common theme here and upon stepping inside the newly opened CAU Restaurant in Blackheath, it is warmth that shakes your hand and pats you on the back before placing a Negrada Daiquiri in front of you and letting you explore their menu of treats. Comfortable? So were we, so check out what DJB and I got our knives and forks into on the other side.
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Aaron: CAU’s interior has less of the quirkiness that many London restaurants currently have and is instead very fresh and clean feeling, this in a way gives it its own sense of charm that other spaces get from a retro theme for example. We arrived at around six in the evening and it was not too busy, DJB and I got pretty lost in conversation however and the next time I looked around the restaurant was full, considering this was midweek I reckon pre-booking a table would be essential at weekends in particular.
I new pretty quickly that I was going to choose the Salt & Pepper Squid to begin, I know it is not to everyones taste, sometimes more because of the texture and appearance than anything else but I myself am quite a fan of the tentacled ocean dweller. I find squid is often over cooked but this was done perfectly and the chillies that accompanied it thankfully did not blow my head off, I would have liked a little more flavour from the chipotle mayo perhaps but otherwise I was very happy.
Next up I felt I needed a protein fix, I had not eaten too much in the day to ensure total enjoyment of the evening meal and so I was ready for something big. Tira De Ancho, the king of steaks. Now there is a description that caught my attention. To go with I opted for a salad rather than chips and ordered a baked sweet potato, complex over simple carbs. The steak came marinated in chimichurri and despite this being one big ol’ piece of meat, I did not find myself chewing for five minutes on each mouthful, which is the nightmare you sometimes fear when ordering a steak. I was also pleased that the salad it came with was not just a bowl of lettuce, although there was greenery, there was also carrot, onion, radish, etc. The sweet potato, as crazy as it sounds considering it is such a simple thing, was unbelievably good. I eat sweet potatoes all the time but never have time to cook them as long as I think this one was cooked for, if you order a side, order the baked sweet potato, they are pretty big as well. At this point I must say, and this is no criticism of my steak, DJB’s Twice Cooked Pork Belly was out of this world. I tried a piece and it was probably my favourite thing I ate all night, I will let him tell you more but I had to get that out there.
DJB: For my meal I started with the Spicy Lamb Merguez Sausage which was accompanied by a tomato and onion chutney. The sausages were really tasty and the chutney was a treat, even though I wasn’t expecting it to be cold, however I can not lie I was a little disappointed with the overall size of the dish. The two sausages were painfully thin and left me wanting more, thankfully more was on it’s way in the form of the Twice Cooked Pork Belly. Can we just have a moment of silence for and salute the godly hands that prepared my meal. There are many words that I could use to describe this dish but to be honest as I sit here writing I am reliving every mouthful and alas have come unstuck. I’m at a loss for words, do I begin with how succulent, soft and juicy the pork was or do I comment on the bed of chargrilled onions and sweetcorn puree that blended so well with the pork. There’s no doubt that I shall be returning to experience that dish again soon and I’m sure Aaron will be coming along with me. Just like Aaron I opted for a healthier accompaniment to go with my pork and chose a Sweet Potato Salad but as you can probably tell it was all about the pork so there’s not much to say about the salad.
Aaron: I have such a sweet tooth and I am so weak to a dessert menu (or whatever my sister has baked in the week), it is not helpful when you are working out but I just can not help myself. This makes deciding on a dessert difficult, everything sounds so good and so I took the advice of our lovely waitress and chose the Corn Flake Ice Cream Sundae. Cereal in a sundae? I know right. To be honest I was not blown away, corn flakes do not have much flavour and so corn flake flavoured ice cream kind of just tasted like vanilla. Thankfully it was saved by some brownie chunk goodness and dulce de leche, so I did not end the meal disappointed.
DJB: I didn’t really want to have a dessert as I have recently started a low carb diet again (Yin will be so proud) however if Aaron was having one then surely I should join him right? I’d have been rude if I didn’t. The Dulce de Leche Pancakes were my choice and were nice, nothing that knocked my socks of but never the less they were nice. I would however like at this point to shoot myself in the head because I have just had a look at the menu again and seen the picture of the Chocolate Fondant that they have on offer. I think I may have just died a little from envy and regret, why oh why did I not see this on the menu when I was there.
Aaron: We were also graced with an array of cocktails throughout the evening, my favourite probably being DJB’s Buenos Aires Iced Tea (which is typical of me, it contained much of the alcohol cabinet I think). My Negrada Daiquiri and CAU gin & tonic were also really nice, you may have already guessed that we were slightly tipsy by the end.
DJB: The drink did indeed go to our heads a little not that anyone would have noticed unless they were perving over Aaron and watched his face turn from white to red over the course of the evening. The atmosphere was great and the service was even better. Our waitress Michaela was very attentive and always spoke to us with a smile. She was always on hand to give a recommendation or two regarding menu choices and seemed to enjoy her job (which is a rarity).
I think it is fair to say that both Aaron and I thoroughly enjoyed our night. We had great food, great service and speaking for myself only, great company (don’t get too excited Aaron, stay cool and accept the compliment). We don’t often hangout just the two of us but I think it’s something that will happen again and if we can eat like kings as we did the other night then we’ll be happy.buy dutasteridebuy dutasteride generic dutasteridegeneric dutasteridebuy dutasteride onlinebuy dutasteride onlinedutasteride cost