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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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Deep down I'm a serious carnivore – Meat is my thing. The more meat the better. At times I'd prefer a side of meat to go with my meat – perhaps with just sprinkling of greens to ease my guilt and the strange looks I'd get. Gaucho's flagship restaurant in Piccadilly therefore is ideal for me. It's a carnivore's dream – if you are a vegetarian go elsewhere. They can of course accommodate you but let's face it this place is about the fab cuts of beef. A great selection of starters provide the tease before the main event – crab cakes with cucumber and pepper salad in my case, the chilli, coriander and chipotle mayo got the taste buds going perfectly, as did the Argentine Baby squid my dining partner had. On to the main course and as mentioned you are spoiled for choice: rib eye, fillet, sirloin, rump, churrasco cuts or even a sampler of all the cuts – it's all there. They even bring round the selection of the raw product to explain the difference and let you see exactly what you are getting. I went for the fillet myself, which was suitably juicy and tender cooked to perfection – with hand cut chips and pepper sauce it was just what I'd been dreaming of all morning.
Finally I was dining with a companion who can remember the wines we had and it turns out and the waitress had suggested Terrazas de Los Andes 2006 which complimented the steak perfectly. Desserts I had to ignore as I was so full. The venue itself is lovely, with big spacious banquette/booths and an open grill where the chef does his thing – I also had a sneaky peak at the upstairs room they use for functions which is very glam indeed – great for a work function. Anyway to sum up if you like steak then go. If you want a huge choice of dishes with steak being only one of them go elsewhere. There are other dishes available on the menu if you don't fancy steak but to me it's the reason to get down to Swallow Street and enjoy. I've given the food and drink a 10/10 as for me personally it was – it fulfilled me in everyway.