Last Saturday I popped along to the new CAU restaurant which has taken up residence in the new £10m restaurant and cinema complex, at the former Beales department store. The interior design was the first thing to hit me; I felt like I was in a very swanky and modern cow shed with its corrugated booth seating and blue sky and grass imagery.
Having been informed by a follower on Facebook that I needed to try the cocktails I ordered The CAU Girl Martin and it was gloriously full of passion fruit. My friend, Matt, ordered a Bright Blue Skies, made with chilled chamomile tea it even came with its own cloud which matched the cloud lights above the cocktail bar – it has to be seen to be believed! However, if you don’t fancy a cocktail CAU offer an extensive list of its own branded wines, chosen to complement their food offering.
CAU’s seasonally changing menus are served alongside the finest quality cuts of beef, cooked from a wood-fired grill, with a host of options to suit any occasion from individual small plates, generous sharing platters and an express menu for those short on time.
Starter at CAU
Matt and I chose the hummus with snap bread to share over our first cocktail. Wow it was so Moreish; the hummus tasted homemade. Served on a slate, it was topped with homemade aubergine caviar, chilli and roasted hazel nuts.
Tom and Carina from CAU looked after us very well, always checked in to see if we needed anything. Everything was done on the iPad and they wore cute t-shirts, on the back it said; CAU Girl and CAU boy. Oh and you have to pop to the toilets to see the fantastic artwork in the cubicles. I love the lights too!
For the main event I chose a Lomito Steak from their special cut range. This is a 400g (you can choose 500g) fillet of rump for £28.50. Yes it’s a lot of money but it was worth every penny. Considered the finest cut in Argentina, this beautiful steak could have fed a small family so Matt had to help me finish it. You had a choice of chunky chips, fries or salad and I’d recommend the, to-die-for blue cheese sauce. Matt had the Tapa De Cuadril, 260g for £16.95. Thinly sliced from the top of the rump and flash grilled and he said it just melted in his mouth. He also ordered a side of Roasted Mushrooms (£2.95) roasted in ají molido and garlic. The steaks don’t come with anything other than sauce and chips (or salad) so make sure you order some sides too. Others which too my fancy were CAUslaw and Truffled Mac & Cheese.
Deserts at CAU Restaurant
For dessert Matt had CAU Cornflake Ice Cream Sundae, yes that’s ice cream which is cornflake flavoured. The sundae was sprinkled with cornflakes and had a cheeky brownie surprise in the middle but it didn’t take too long for Matt to polish it all off. It doesn’t matter how many calories this has or the fact that it’s £5.95 because the lovely people at CAU will donate 20p to Action Against Hunger for ever Sundae sold. I had the brownie (£5.95) and although it was a little overcooked it was still warm and chocolaty which was all I needed.
Overall experience at CAU
We both agreed this is a great restaurant and a great addition to Harrogate. My only concern is the current rate of restaurant openings is two per week – is this sustainable for our little town?
CAU is open from 10am Monday to Friday and 9am at the weekends. To book please visit CAU or call 01423 202169. What are you waiting for? Get Mooooooooving!
If you’re thinking of eating out in Harrogate, you may want to read my review first. Head to my Eating Out page now.
P.S. Thank you to CAU for inviting me to review their restaurant. This was an honest review.