Last week we were invited to try out a new restaurant as a family – Cau at Southampton’s West Quay Shopping Centre. We hadn’t been to a Cau before but we were immediately sold on their great value weekday set menu.
Cau was easy to find, on the outside of the West Quay Shopping Centre and it had a really comfortable and relaxed feeling to the restaurant. As soon as we sat down the children were given activity sheets to colour in – which doubled up as their menu – whilst Dave and I browsed our options.
The children’s menu had a really nice variety to it and I’m sure there would be something for all tastes on the menu. Both children were brought a starter of hummus, cucumber sticks and tomatoes which we weren’t expecting but was lovely for them to have something to eat whilst we had our starters.
For their mains LP chose Rainbow Tacos and Little Man decided on a burger. The tacos were such a fun meal – with blue tortillas, peppers, lettuce and chicken as well as dips for LP to construct her own tacos.
Little Man’s burger was a great size and came served with chips. He really enjoyed it – especially after we put some ketchup in it for him. LP and Little Man’s meals both came with juice to drink and we were really impressed with the children’s food options.
Dave and I chose from the set menu which was great value at two courses for £11.50 or three courses for £14.00. For our starters I chose the Shrimp Chicharron which was so different to any other starter I’ve had. The shrimp was lovely and crisp and the sauce was so full of flavour.
Dave chose the Coriander Chicken Coxinhas which were chicken croquettes with a tomato salsa. The croquettes weren’t too heavy or dense and instead were light and flavoursome – the perfect way to start a meal.
I chose the Classic Burger for my main which I added bacon and cheese to. The burger was really well cooked with a lovely chargrilled flavour and it was so juicy too. The chips were beautifully cooked and it was the perfect size main for me.
Dave went for the Tapa De Cuadril steak which was served with chips. The steak was cooked beautifully and the chips were so chunky – nice and crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It was pretty much Dave’s ideal meal.
For our desserts the Little Man and I went for Churros – with the adult portion having one extra churro compared to the children’s portion and served with a beautiful dulce de leche sauce. The churros were so crisp and it was the perfect end to a lovely meal.
LP went for the Marshmallow Sticks which was a really big portion size for her although only six marshmallows. It was so filling and the best dessert she’s had in ages – probably the messiest too!
Dave went for the Vanilla Flan which was served with dulce de leche and almond crumble. It was really lovely but the presentation let it down – I am sure it’s meant to be constructed a bit better than what arrived at the table.
Our meal at Cau was lovely, the food was really varied, full of flavour and it was an absolute bargain thanks to the set menu prices. The staff were all so lovely and the service was great – until after our main when we had to wait a really long time for anyone to ask if we were finished, for our plates to be cleared and to get a dessert menu. As it was so quiet when we visited I expected a more prompt service and as the meal had started so well, only for it to tail off after our mains, it was just such a shame. It wouldn’t stop us going back and I’m sure we just visited on an off moment.
I’m now looking up other Cau restaurants in our local area to visit with friends – and to try their cocktail menu too! The food was great, the ambience was perfect and we would love to visit again in the future.
Disclosure: We were invited to the above restaurant for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own.