Just when you thought you did not need any more reasons to #VisitSouthampton – CAU Restaurant Southampton in the new Westquay complex adds to the list! With a vibrant and edgy feel, you will feel on cloud nine (literally!) when you are dining. With images of the grass the Aberdeen Angus cattle are fed on printed on to the walls, the blue skies of Palermo, Buenos Aires painted onto the ceiling and a funky leather booth bar decorated with floating clouds, it really makes you feel like like you are sitting on a cloud.

The Southampton restaurant is spacious and stylish, with a distinctly relaxed air.  The waiting staff – or ‘caugirls’ and ‘cauboys’ as their t-shirts say, it all adds to the quirky contemporary vibe. (Just a little fact here for you -> Cau stands for Carne Argentina Única and is pronounced ‘cow’).

When it comes down to the food and your dining experience – it’s second to none. With a huge variety on the menu to choose from – from mouth-watering salads, to sumptuous steaks (which are cut to order so that you can choose the size you would like, from 220g or 500g) – there is something for all appetites. Away from the steaks, there are some mouth-watering ‘big plates’– chicken, lamb, pork , fish and ravioli amongst them all. The hardest part of the evening was most definitely choosing what to eat!

The menu embraces Buenos Aires cuisine, comfort food inspired by Italy and Spain alongside the jewel in Argentina’s crown, its beef – each dish with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist.

To wet your appetite, take a look at the smaller starter plates. With a whole host to choose from – flatbreads, prawn skewers, to steamed mussels and salt & pepper squid, your tastebuds will be dancing!

You have the choice of triple cooked chunky chips, thin chips or salad to accompany your steak / main course. You will find it very hard to leave any food on your plate as it tastes so good!! (don’t worry though – they offer ‘doggy bags’ for those that are defeated!) Although you need to make sure you have some room for dessert too – trust us when we say the Corn Flake Ice Cream Sundae.

CAU had the vision when they launched, to capture the spirit of Buenos Aires and replicate the passion and sense of fun into the restaurant and onto a plate and we think they have done a great job. Check out the menu of the Southampton restaurant here or if you are really hungry – why not go ahead and book a table?