CAU, the restaurant group offering modern Argentinian cuisine, is to open its third UK site in Blackheath, South east London.
Located on the site of the Cactus Pit restaurant overlooking the heath, the restaurant is due to open at the end of August. The company hopes to launch a fourth outlet by the end of the year and is currently looking at sites in Oxford, Bath and St Alban, with up to five new openings scheduled for 2014.
Charlie McLean, CAU's managing director, who was formerly with Gaucho restaurants, said "After the successful opening in Cambridge earlier this year, and the continued success of our Guildford unit, we are delighted to have secured such a strong location for our third site".
CAU prides itself on using beef bred on the Argentinian Pampas, wet-aged for six weeks. When grilled, the meat is turned only once and salted on one side only. Cuts include an 8oz sirloin at £14, rib eye (10oz for £15.95) lomito (a lean fillet of rump, 16oz for £27.50), and tapa de cuadril (taken from the haunch, 8oz for £14.50).
The restaurants also serve a selection of chicken, pork and fish dishes alongside burgers and pasta. Desserts include Dulce de Leche pancakes (£4.95), churros with warm chocolate sauce (£4.95) and Argentinian ice cream (£1.75 per scoop).
The wine list is dominated by Argentinian wines, including a Malbec Torrentes Blend (£25) from Mendoza, alongside a Malbec (£27.50) from the Languadoc. There are also a range of bottled beers, such as Alhambra (£3.75), cocktails, fresh juices and milkshakes.