As well as being completely unable to resist good food, I’m a sucker for a good competition because I do believe ‘you’ve got to be in it win it.’ Thankfully, CAU have combined the two by offering diners the chance to win a trip to Argentina! This is in all in celebration of the new Hero dishes/drinks on their menu, which capture the essence of Buenos Aires. Â So I invited one of my good friends along for a lunch date and considering we’d just spent four weeks apart (and can never usually go four hours without texting or Whatsapping), a catch up was well overdue.
To start, we both ordered the Empanadas. I went for the popular Spanish chorizo and cream cheese, along with the spinach, ricotta and date. The mini pastries were accompanied by a tomato salsa which was surprisingly refreshing and not at all spicy. Â I imagined that this might be a heavy starter (being pastry and all), but it was extremely light, setting us up for our mains.
Is this not the most photogenic burger you’ve ever seen?! CAU now offer you the chance to build your own burger, which was always going to sit well with me. Although I wasn’t the most adventurous (opting to add some cheese) with my toppings, my burger was filled with lettuce, CAUchup and a slice of beef tomato. The burger itself was cooked exactly how I like it (sorry, I’m a well done sort of lass), but it was actually the bun that caught my attention – it was so light, well toasted and not at all soggy (pet peeve of mine).Â Definitely a melt-in-the-mouth kinda burger and the fries were exactly how you would expect them to be: crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Our waitress Alison recommended we order a side of CAUslaw which in a nutshell, is a spicy coleslaw perfect for dipping your fries in (trust me, give it a try). Easily one of the most delicious (and photo worthy) lunches I’ve ever had. Not bad for the chance to win a trip to Argentina, eh?
By the time dessert came around I was so full I didn’t think I could manage another bite. Â Then I heard the words ‘cornflake sundae’ and my stomach unearthed a previously undiscovered compartment that was calling out for this weird, yet wonderful sounding dessert. Should cornflake ice cream work? In theory no, but bizarrely it does and works even better when accompanied by pieces of crumbled blondie, dulce de leche Â and topped off with cornflakes which provided some much needed texture (another one of my pet hates is soggy cornflakes – all about the crunch). My friend ordered another Hero dessert, Dulce Volcano, which equally as yummy. As she sliced into the sponge, the oozing caramel centre met the surrounding amaretto cream and ah, it was Â heaven in a spoonful (all I got to try as she devoured the rest).
If you really can’t find a separate compartment for pudding, I would recommend ordering a Passionista which is basically an alcoholic version of a Solero ice lolly. Perfect on a hot summer’s day and being creamy, you won’t feel like you’re missing out on dessert. We’re already planning out next visit based around the cocktail menu because there’s so many we want to try. Who am I to say no to a girly night with good food and cocktails?
With a wide selection of Hero drinks on offer – including a peanut butter milkshake that has my name written all over it – there’s plenty to choose from to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime.Â How do you enter? Simply upload a photo to Instagram (CAU have some pretty cool framed boards you can use to pose in, so don’t be afraid to ask), using the hashtag #BuenosHeroes and tagging @CauRestaurants. The more Hero dishes and drinks you order, the more entries you get (I could go through a worrying amount of cornflake sundaes this summer) and as we all know, you’ve got to be in it to win it.
To find out more about CAU, their Hero menu and all the competition details, be sure to visit their website.
I was invited to CAU to sample the menu in exchange for a review. Nevertheless, all thoughts and opinions are my own. More details can be found on my disclaimer here.Â