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64 Heath Street
020 7431 8222
Lucky north Londoners don’t have to travel far for prime Argentinian steak – Gaucho Hampstead is every bit as accomplished as its central London brethren. The chain’s reputation has been carved
from its impeccable beef, offered in a range of weights and cuts: from juicy rib-eyes to the most tender of fillets. The meat is so good, it’s hard to fathom why anyone would want anything else,
but the menu is an exhaustive read featuring ceviches and empanadas to start and spatchcocked chicken or slow-cooked lamb to follow. Look out for desserts featuring dulce de leche; they’re
bound to be a treat. Also of note are the sultry cowhide interiors, cool and confident service, and the far-reaching wine list including a ‘fine and rare’ section to match the best of the
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64 Heath Street
020 7431 8222
Hampstead Tube Station 79m
Finchley Road and Frognal Station 872m
Everyman Cinema 142m
New End Theatre 167m
Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -10.30pm)
The Hampstead branch of Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho boasts a walled courtyard, which can host a whole range of events, from a private barbecue to a cocktails and canapés reception. The room can accommodate up to 40 guests for a seated dinner.
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Food + drink: 4
After the latest Bond film, we wanted somewhere a bit glamorous - there aren't many of those in Hampstead, but Gaucho with its glossy black decor and chandeliers comes pretty close. Cheerful staff helped us to choose a fab Atamisque - a monster malbec from Mendoza which took us back to our trip to Buenos Aires - and we started with a couple of empanadas - spinach, and ham and mozzarella, with fresh tomato salsa. These were followed by a delicious tender chateaubriand to share, with béarnaise sauce, fat chips, humitas saltena and green beans on the side. And dessert had to be dulce de leche cheesecake. A very enjoyable dinner, but if there is one thing we'd like to see done better, the steak was cooked a bit more than we ordered. It was still good but we overheard the table next to us saying the same thing, so next time we would ask for a stage less of "doneness".
Having dined at both locations, you would do better to spend your money at the Regent Street location, that is, if you are looking for food quality. However, if you're more interested in cocktails, the patio and sunshine, Heath Street it is.
During a recent visit, 4 out of 4 steaks ordered were overcooked by any standard interpretation of medium rare and on another occasion the usually great empanadas tasted a bit off. The selection of ceviche appetisers is wonderful and refreshing with a cocktail on the very pleasant patio however. And the staff are more attentive at Heath street, perhaps owing to the less intense atmosphere.
Food + drink: 5
We had a really lovely meal, the service was excellent and the food delicious. They had a lovely range of wines from budget to stella prices and by selecting one of their many house wines we managed to keep the dinner to a reasonable price. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
(PS: Our Square Meal booking although confirmed by Square Meal was not actually made by with the restaurant and they did not have our booking registered. Luckily and all due credit to them them fitted us in even though the restaurant was fully booked and very busy that evening. Disappointed with Square Meal)
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