CAU – St Katherine Docks
Close by the Tower of London is lively and pretty St Katherine Dock – and on one of the board walks on Commodity Quay, overlooking the West Basin marina, is CAU.
By the way CAU stands for Carne Argentina Unica. Hardly surprising then that Argentinian beef features large on CAU’s menu – but there is also lots more on offer – pork, fish and chicken are all on the Buenos Aries inspired menu – itself part inspired by Italian and Spanish cuisines.
It is a large, modern restaurant – it can seat 160 – elegant, with huge glass windows overlooking the marina, and black and chrome furnishings. There is an open-plan kitchen with at its centre a coal fired oven blazing away. The lunchtime we were there it was busy, and at the height of the service, with the rather loud music and no soft furnishings to absorb the sound as diners tried to talk over the music, we did find it somewhat noisy.
However, Akhtar and his colleagues were lovely and wonderfully attentive in spite of being so busy, and the food was good. For starters, one of us chose smoked haddock and manchego croquettes served with caper mayo, £6.95, whilst the other opted for belly of pork tempura served with the restaurant’s own CAUchup, £7.95. Both were excellent.
Excellent too were our main courses – one went for a steak (from £13.95) whilst the other for the twice-cooked pork belly at £13.95, served with a sweetcorn puree and chargrilled onions. Desserts are from £5.25 – they were tempting but we were both too full; and to be truthful we had both indulged earlier in a Caipirinha (cocktails £6.25). For wine drinkers, bottles start from £15.25, but wine is also available by the glass.
Maybe not the restaurant for a quiet, romantic dinner date, but with the view out over the marina, the good food and service we would certainly eat at CAU the next time we are close to the Tower of London or visiting St Katherine Dock. www.caurestaurants.com