When you think Argentina, you think thick, rare steaks and full-bodied Malbecs, but there is of course more to Argentinian cuisine than this and everything from their meaty-filled empanadas to their indulgent alfahores (caramel filled biscuits) form part of the incredible menu at Cau St Katharine Docks. Inspired by Buenos Aires, the menu encompasses all that is great about Argentinian food and culture, including its Southern American and European influences.
This is the thirteenth Cau restaurant to open its doors but the first in central London and they’ve chosen a great location for it. Sitting right on the waterfront of St Katharine Docks, with views of all the enviable yachts and brown-brick buildings, it’s a lovely spot to sit and take in the view whilst enjoying the varied Argentine menu.
The evening we visited, the weather was mild and the doors along one side of restaurant were open, allowing diners to sit as close to the waters edge as possible. Warming up with a glass of Mendoza Malbec, we poured over the menu, finding it difficult to choose from all the tempting options. But we decided to start with the vegetable quesadilla and the beef empanadas, both were delicious. The empanadas were authentically Argentine, which I’ve always thought of as a slightly more refined version of our beloved Cornish pasty; smaller with a thinner, more delicate, buttery pastry.
The steak was of course the crowning glory. Being a sister restaurant to the infamous Gaucho chain, the meat arrives from the same source, which means only the best cuts land up on the plate. I went for the lomito cut, which was huge at 400g, but that didn’t sacrifice the quality. Cooked medium rare, the steak was deliciously tender. I ordered the triple cooked chips on the side and the roasted mushrooms, which again were exceptional. My friend had the burger, which was ground from the same tender cuts of meat and served in a smooth brioche bun.
Despite consuming an unholy amount of meat, we couldn’t resist the dessert menu. It was hard to choose between the list of incredible sweet inventions but the alfahores ice-cream sandwhich narrowly missed out to the cornflake Sunday, which I did not regret. What an amazingly genius invention. The humble cornflake was the star of this dessert; layered up with cornflake ice cream, caramel sauce and brownie chunks. My friend enjoyed the chocolate fondant, which was gooey in the middle as it should be, and rich with dark chocolate.
After finishing three delicious courses, we were ready for a leisurely stroll around the docks to enjoy the long summer evening. Cau has launched their new London restaurant at the perfect time, offering Londoners an exceptional place to eat in an idyllic city location.