The Kashu restaurant – new business in the former Liberal Club building


salmonI had passed this recently renovated restaurant several times before I experienced it. To be honest, it looked a bit sterile outside and I assumed it would feel a bit like a class room inside!

However, two weeks ago, some parents of boys in my son’s football team booked this venue for an end-of-season celebration so I found out exactly what it was like. It was not as I imagined and I liked the pleasing, modern décor with an ambience to match. We were warmly greeted by the head waiter and merry Mr curly-headed chef himself!

The name ‘Kashu’ is somewhat misleading and I had imagined Asian cuisine. However, our £20 set menu offered a reasonable choice of European/Italian dishes. I chose the Salmon meal and would rate it 7/10. Perhaps it needed a little longer under the grill! But the vegetables were nice. The roast potatoes were superb and everyone agreed! The parents beside me seemed satisfied with their meals and the deserts looked divine although I went for liquor instead (hard choice!).

We were well looked after by the staff, despite restaurant being rather busy. The live band beside us created a personal touch as did the presence of the head chef around the restaurant. It wasn’t too loud either, thank goodness.

One word of warning; be careful coming out of the toilets as it intersects with the pathway of the waiters carrying their trays of food to and from the kitchen! I nearly sent a waiter flying when I re-entered the restaurant.

We did have a great night out and I would return here again. I hear that they are offering a free bottle of wine during the St Albans Food and Wine Festival so that might fit the bill – literally!

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on