Gaucho is an Argentinian restaurant with multiple branches in London, as well as one in Liverpool, Manchester and some in the Middle East too. Gaucho has a reputation for very good steak and so I was really excited to go and try out the menu! We visited the branch just behind Liverpool Street in the heart of the city, so as you would expect from a weekday evening, pretty much everyone in there looked to be a city worker (including a handful of gentlemen which seemed to be dining alone. I expect on expenses during a work trip). I’d recommend booking at Gaucho because it is usually pretty busy.
The entrance to this branch of Gaucho is essentially a large glass room, which also serves as a bar area. Diners are escorted down a glass elevator (think Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) into the dining rooms which are below ground. There are a couple of private dining areas, most of which have all glass walls, as well as booths and regular tables. The décor is true to the Gaucho theme of black and white, but with less zebra print than in other branches. It feels very slick, upmarket and I’d say has quite a male almost aggressive feel to the décor, which probably fits well with it’s location in the City.
The maitre’d was happy to show us around the restaurant and was particularly keen to show-off their private dining room complete with rare Jack Daniels whiskey and a table which converts into a pooltable for when the dining is over (you see what I mean about this feeling quite male).
Each table is given complimentary bread before the meal. This bread may well have been the highlight of the meal for me. It was super warm and filled with cheese. The taste was just excellent and we asked for another basket!
There are multiple different options when it comes to ordering your steak. They have all the traditional cuts available to be prepared in different ways, in different sizes and marinated with different flavours. The steak cuts are brought to your table so you can see the sizes and quality of the meat. Vegetarians look away now.
The food really was exceptionally tasty. The whole cauliflower cheese was a sight to behold and the green beans were coated in something which made them incredibly moreish. The chips were so soft and well garnished and the marinated steak was full of flavour.
The verdict: 9/10 Gaucho is where you go for really tasty food. The prices reflect the quality of the food but I think in this instance you get what you pay for. I’d recommend this for a special evening or celebration, or if you have the business expenses to afford it!