Arriving at Kashu for a weekday lunch, we were the only diners - two more tables were filled by the time we left. The welcome was polite but not warm and there was no offer of a children's menu or a highchair for our toddler, although we spotted a stack of them while changing him on the floor in the disabled toilet just before we left (there are no baby changing facilities).
We fared better with the food. A shared starter of game terrine with gooseberry chutney and chargrilled bread was flavoursome, if a little dry. Our dishes from the reasonably priced main Italian menu were all good: light gnocchi in a well made spinach, gorgonzola and cream sauce; authentic spaghetti carbonara with pork belly, egg and cream; tasty pumpkin tortelloni in a sage butter sauce and a crispy-based pizza, which unfortunately arrived 5 minutes later than the other three main courses. Flavours were subtle and the seasoning restrained, but we adjusted our dishes to taste and enjoyed them.
It was the lack of atmosphere and poor service that really let Kashu down for us. After we paid, leaving a modest tip, we were abandoned by the waiter, collected our own coats and left without any acknowledgement or thanks for our visit. Although Kashu's website promises 'something for all the family', we did not feel that young children (or adults!) were particularly welcome and so are unlikely to return when there are so many other options for more relaxed family dining in St Albans. [Dec 08]
03 Dec 08