A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be invited along check out the gluten free offerings at Cau (an Argentian steakhouse in Brindley Place, Birmingham)
I’d not really been to a steakhouse since going gluten free- since many of the sides like chips, onion rings etc are not free-from and my options are therefore limited. I am also quite fussy with my meat- I like know it’s grass-fed and ethical: luckily I didn’t have to worry since CAU sources all their meat from the Argentinian plains-where cows are grass-fed and well-treated. I really like that CAU include this information-I like to know where my food comes from- other chains take note!
When we arrived, I was pleased to see there was lots of options on the menu for me. Just a heads-up: CAU does not have coeliac accreditation so instead offers a no-gluten menu. Yet many of the choices on offer were naturally gluten free (like all their steaks and my amazing desert-more on that later) Our lovely waitress Morgan bought out the detailed allergy folder and explained her sister had just been diagnosed as coeliac. The decor was really trendy and it had an after-work drinks vibe about it.
The ‘grass fed’ theme went beyond the meat- and even extended to the loos (cue selfie!)
So let’s get on to the food…For starters, I picked the gluten-free tortilla with avocado, smoked salmon and tomato. I hadn’t had tortillas since forever and thought this was a healthy take on the usual sour cream and salsa. My husband went for the chicken skewers (also gluten free) which were delcious!
For mains, the choice was obvious: STEAK AND CHIPS!
If you are only here for the healthy lifestyle tips, look away now! I hadn’t had steak in so long and since in it’s grass-fed form it is pretty good for you, I decided to give it a try. I tried the medalion -the smallest of the steaks on the menu (and the leanest). This suited me just fine and was the perfect portion size! Almost all the steaks were gluten free, as were many of the sauces and these big fat chips (which I’ve been dreaming about ever since!
I wasn’t expecting to be able to find a gluten and dairy free deserts on the menu, so I was so excited when I read about the grilled Pineapple with coconut sorbet.
This was the perfect desert after my meaty indulgence. The coconut sorbet was a real winner (and tasted like actual ice-cream rather than the sorbet you get as a ‘pity’ choice at most restaurants). The pineapple was the perfect addition- although I did realise pineapple can be a bit tough to chow down on so I stuck to small pieces.
All washed down with a refreshing cocktail (or two)
All in all: I’d recommend CAU for a date-night or an after-works get together. It’s unfussy menu has lots of naturally gluten free choices and while I don’t claim to be a meat blogger- both myself and my (very pro-gluten) hubby both agreed it was the best steak we’d had in years!