Not long ago we were invited to CAU in Wimbledon to have a lovely lunch. I just want to say that this invitation happened before all the latest news about CAU restaurants closing happened. We were not aware of this and we feel terribly sad that this has happened as we had an amazing time and the food was delicious!
CAU is part of Gaucho Group. I am not sure if you have heard of Gaucho restaurants before but they offer premium Argentinian dining with a quirky decoration. The food is fantastic there. CAU has 22 restaurants around the UK and they also offer Argentinian food. They are supposed to be a more casual dining experience.
Of course, I cannot deny the fact that due to Gaucho Group going into administration, CAU restaurants now will need to be closed in order to save the group but searching about it more, I noticed that the idea is to be able to save them all if they find a buyer. But the main purpose is to keep the Gaucho restaurants up and running as they are profitable. It is just sad to see that they might have to close them for good.
There is not much more I can say about these upsetting news but at least I can show you why I think CAU restaurants shouldn’t be close and I wish someone can buy them and help them to survive.
We were asked to choose a chain which was near as well as convenient to us. That is why we chose Wimbledon. We decided to go driving as it was easier for us to do that than using public transport. That day we had the hottest and sunniest day and everything was looking much better that way. The day we went was the day before Wimbledon was going to start so you can imagine how pretty the windows and streets were! We have never been to Wimbledon at this time of the year so we were all so excited to see that.
CAU is located right in the Wimbledon Village in their high street. I must say that it couldn’t be better located! It has a great good looking facade and it was very inviting.
As soon as we arrived we were guided to our table which was a lovely booth. We, of course, got the opportunity that we were together and took a family picture. The decoration was lovely! I really liked all the little details. It was really nice!
They asked us what we wanted for our drinks and I really wanted to order something different, I went for a Shaker. It was Strawberry Pavlova (Strawberries and Amaretto blended with Vanilla Ice Cream and topped with Crunchy Meringue). It was DELICIOUS! I wouldn’t normally order something like that because it felt like if I was having a dessert but I really loved it! Nick ordered a glass of wine and the girls ordered lemonade.
For our starters, Nick and I decided to share our choices, so we ordered Chorizo Empanada and “Burnt” Tomato Bruschetta. They were both really nice and tasty but my favourite was the empanada. I love empanadas. We have similar ones in Peru so I knew it was going to be good.
The girls got a cute starter. They brought them cucumber sticks and tomato together with a hoummous dip. The girls loved that they made a happy face with it. They both ate the hoummous with the cucumber but unfortunately, they didn’t want to eat the tomatoes. What a shame! I have some work to do with them, LOL.
They offered us a set menu which was 3 courses for £16. One of the options for this set menu was the Buenos Aires Reuben which is the one I ordered. It is grilled salt beef, Monterrey jack cheese, gherkin & house coleslaw served in toasted ciabatta with chunky chips.
Nick, of course, opted for the steak so he ordered a Tapa de Cuadril 180g served with thin chips. He loved it. I asked him to let me try it too and the meat was so tasty and perfectly done! I am very fussy about meat so it has to be done perfectly for me to like it and this one was really good!
The girls both chose burgers with chips from the kid’s menu. The portions were actually quite big so I knew they wouldn’t be able to finish. They loved it but I was right, they didn’t finish it all.
And last we ordered our desserts. We definitely left the best for last because we got a feast for our desserts, LOL. We all have a sweet tooth so we ordered four different desserts for all to share.
So we got the following desserts:
Tempting layers of cornflake flavoured ice cream, cornflakes, crumbled chocolate blondie & dulce de leche.
Dippy Doughnut Sticks
3 churros & dulce de leche
6 fluffy marshmallows dipped in chocolate & rolled in white cocoa nibs
Dulce de Leche Pancake
Vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce
They were all delicious! My favourite was the churros. Nick and Sienna loved the pancake. Bella also liked the churros the best.
Overall, we had a great time. We really enjoyed our meal and we are sad that CAU might be closed for good. Let’s hope they manage to survive so we can still enjoy their food.
*Disclosure: we were invited to try the CAU’s food for the purpose of this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Carol desjardins says
Food looks lovely
Yes it was! 🙂 xx
Fiona Cambouropoulos says
The chips and puddings had me sold! #KCACOLS
Lydia C. Lee says
Bet the kids loved that! #KCACOLS
Yes! 🙂 x
Jessica Powell says
Ah, reading this made me so hungry! The food looks gorgeous. 😀
It was really good! 🙂 x
Madeline (This Glorious Life) says
Looks and sounds like a great place to go for a meal – I would go just for the puddings, they look amazing! Hopefully they’ll find someone to keep the brand going. x #KCACOLS
I hope so too! The food was really good! X
Clare M says
That looks like a great meal- what a shame if they close. Cocktail and dessert in one – now that looks lush! #KCACOLS
I know! That cocktail was indeed lush! 😉 It is a shame really! Fingers crossed it gets sorted!
Cassie - Gorgeous george's mama says
Looks and sounds delish. The deserts aren’t my ideal though. Such a shame they are potentially closing though. I have never heard or or tried this chain before.
Are you kidding me Cassie! You don’t like churros? OMG you are missing out! You need to try them though you would be converted! Lol xx
This post has made me really nostalgic! I studied for my PGDip in Journalism at News Associates in Wimbs and this was our post lecture haunt! Great food and a lovely friendly atmosphere. I really have searched my soul thinking whether to return down south recently to return to full time work. Never the less your post was amazing Franca, and I LOVE the cute photos! #KCACOLS
Carol Cameleon says
I love the look of that food, though the interior looks little dark for my liking. Let’s hope they get a buyer… Thanks for hosting #kcacols
Sarah | Digital Motherhood says
That looks lovely, shame to hear they’re closing down #KCACOLS
Acorn Books says
There’s a CAU restaurant near to us, we’ve never eaten there but it does look so tempting whenever I’ve been passed. It’s such a shame to hear they might be closing, I’ll have to try them out #KCACOLS
I hope you manage to try them out on time! The food is really good!
Sarah | Mummykind says
Wow the Wimbledon decorations look amazing and the shaker you had sounds delicious! #KCACOLS
Lisa Pomerantz says
This looks wonderful, but I must say WIMBLEDON! Bucket list for me! Franca, you really do the most amazing things! xoxo #KCACOLS xoxo
Ali Duke says
The food looks amazing, I hope they manage to keep it open.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Wimbledon and this would have to be on the list for when I do go back.
Laura - MUMMYLAURETTA says
Looks like lovely food, especially the desserts, such a shame about them having to close. #KCACOLS
Beth Owen says
Oh my gosh! That food looks blooming delicious! The dessert :O oh myy!
It’s a shame CAU have had to close but the whole casual dining sector is so crowded right now. I’ve eaten at both their Henley and Reading restaurants and the food was excellent – in the same vein as Gaucho’s but more affordable. A definite cut above the average steak #KCACOLS