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Gaucho by name, but not by nature – this super-suave, ‘über-masculine’ riverside steakhouse is more gloss than grasslands. The odd patch of brushed cowhide is one hat-tip to the cowboys from which
the restaurant takes its name; the rest is a vision of black, glittering chandeliers and leather. This eponymous chain peddles ‘the finest Argentinian steaks’, with a healthy range of cuts from
more traditional rib-eyes and fillets to less-common cuadril (tail of rump) and lomo (tenderloin). The Gaucho sampler is always popular with steak fans, who have described it as a ‘must-do
experience’ – although ‘largely forgettable’ sides get the thumbs-down. To counter meat fatigue, starters tend to be light and refreshing: ceviche of scallops with mango and yellow pepper, say.
As expected, the bullish wine list is an impressive collection of Argentina’s finest reds.
Famous for beef and wine, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the World. There’s a certain romance and passion about this place, home to Evita, the Tango and the Gaucho, cowboys of the South American Pampas. The eponymous restaurant group has, for many years now, served some of the best steak in London and UK. It pre-dates Hawksmoor, Goodmans and others and has always focused on Argentinian beef. Hard to believe that it was founded in 1976. I was first treated to a steak at Gaucho in Piccadilly when I was still at school. Descending into, what seemed at the time, a very adult and glamorous nightclub,...
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