Gaucho restaurants consistently deliver a good steak and we know they are a safe bet when opting for somewhere to go for decent food and good atmosphere. The Piccadilly location (hidden on (25) Swallow street) is perhaps our favourite, it’s also the location where it began for the Gaucho brand in the UK 22 years ago.
The restaurant group has since grown to 14 sites: 12 in London, one in Leeds, and one in Manchester. The original Swallow Street Gaucho site has extended all the way from the basement to four floors of monochromatic chic, delicious food and great drinks, including two bar areas, dining across three floors, and a series of private dining rooms. This was also the location we returned to for our recent meaty fix.
As expected, beef remains the focus (all of Gaucho’s beef comes from Argentina and only use grass-fed, free-to- roam Aberdeen Angus-bred beef which comes from 45 hand-picked farms (estancias), but there’s also great seafood ceviche, traditional empanadas, prime home- made sausages, excellent fish, top quality lamb and poultry feature on the Gaucho menu, which are refreshed seasonally.
Zeev Godik, Gaucho’s founder and CEO, says that whilst the Gaucho proposition has always been ‘about the beef’ he never saw Gaucho as a steakhouse, especially in 1994 when steakhouses were not a fashionable proposition: “Gaucho is an Argentine speciality restaurant. Argentine’s love their beef, so of course beef is a big feature on our menus, and 92% of main courses ordered in our restaurants are beef, but Gaucho is an experience, it’s our own style of exceptional service, professional hospitality, consistently good food of outstanding provenance, stylish surroundings.”
We ordered ourselves the seafood sampler to start, a divine combo of marinated shrimp caustic, tuna ceviche and stone bass tiraditos. For mains, it was our usual Rib-eye which was deliciously juicy and tender with fries, spinach and flat mushrooms on the side plus upon recommendation from our lovely waiter Steven a side of Gambas skewers (four grilled Argentine red prawns with churrasco dressing) to make it a ‘surf n turf’ main course.
Though we had already filled up on the cheesy dough balls and bread (we can never resist) that arrived before our meal we were pretty impressed with ourselves for getting through the lot. Needless to say we ate like ‘Kings’ (or should we say Queens) and were far too full for dessert, so Steven bought over some chocolate truffles to give us our sweet fix and help digest our meal (or so he said).
We’ve also learnt that Gaucho has lunched Electro Brunch for the perfect leisurely Saturdays. You can now while aways hours indulging in a bottomless brunch with endless Argentine bubbles, cocktails, fresh juices and delicious food, all to the sound of a live DJ.
The all-inclusive menu includes: eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine; oven baked chorizo sausage served with egg and mushrooms; grilled provoleta cheese with sourdough; churrasco de cuadril steak and fried egg; chivito sandwich served with lomito picante, tomato, egg and bacon; smoked salmon with scrambled eggs; banana pancakes and dulce de leche; and yoghurt with fresh fruit salad and honey.
The endless drinks menu includes Gaucho’s Bloody Mary made with Stolichnaya Gold Vodka, tomato juice, chimichurri, citrus and Tobasco, Argentina’s sparkling Domaine Chandon as well as a signature breakfast cocktail that will change each week.
The Electro Brunch will take place every Saturday at Gaucho Piccadilly, Gaucho Smithfield, Gaucho Sloane and Gaucho Tower from 11am to 3pm for a price of £45 per person.