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It may be within shouting distance of Smithfield market, but this branch of ‘solid performer’ Gaucho is unapologetic about shipping its prime beef straight from the pampas of Argentina. Inside,
opulent chandeliers, black walls & cowhide furnishings are all part of a bovine-inspired, bling extravaganza that would make Maradona proud – although the thumping music & ‘nightclub’ vibe
aren’t to everyone’s taste. Diners are presented with a board piled high with slabs of raw meat – it’s simply a matter of choosing what you want & how you want it cooked. If beef doesn’t float
your boat, you can also plump for other high-protein options such as grilled pork with mango chutney or bream fillets with fennel & orange salad. Red meat demands red wine, & the impressive
list touts some of Argentina’s finest.
We visited Gauchos on the spur of the moment after a long day of work and a celebratory catch up. We have always tried to avoid Gaucho having thought of it as a pretentious steak house although I secretly wanted to go to satisfy our curiosity as well as the fact I could be less of a hypocrite once I had been to try and test it. I think personally Faringdon was a good choice of location for me as it is less trendy and full of people who actually enjoy good steaks and good wine – I mean who doesn’t.Anyway we walked through the heavy glass doors and were greeted by the receptionist who found us a seat opposite...
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