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|Address:||25 Swallow Street, London W1B 4QR|
|Tel:||020 3641 0757|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £29.50||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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Typically slick Gaucho operation where the staff know what they're doing, but unfortunately go about their work in a slightly wooden and robotic way. Efficient though they are, charming they are not. As a group of girls we found it a little sterile and aloof in its environment, although the drinks were fabulous and there was a lovely and healthy buzz to the place even on a Tuesday night.
The cheese bread is superb as always and even though I am supposed to be on a carb-light diet I couldn't resist these lovely lumps of cheesy delights. We ordered some ceviches (raw seafood cured in lemon or lime juice) for starters and whilst they were tasty I had the feeling that the portion size had shrunk considerably from a few months ago to the point where we didn't actually order enough for the four of us.
For mains, we had a variety of steak and lamb chops which were decent but not wow. The beef was tasty enough but the ribeye quite chewy which was surprising for a medium-rare. The lamb chops were very undercooked first time round and sadly overcooked by the time they came back. The lamb also had an overly pungent aroma which was a little off-putting.
Skipped desserts in the end in favour of some bellinis and they were a nice way to round off a slightly disappointing meal. I get the feeling Gaucho is becoming more of an average restaurant that still charges premium prices.