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93a Charterhouse Street
020 7490 1676
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.
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93a Charterhouse Street
020 7490 1676
Barbican Station 95m
Barbican Tube Station 259m
Worshipful Company of Haberdashers 221m
The private dining room here is separated from the main restaurant by glass panelling.
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
Fancied somewhere different near Farringdon and we all were craving meat. Where better to go to than Gaucho. Started with a glass of bubbly in the bar area. Was pretty busy for a Thursday evening but nice atmosphere. Everyone was very friendly from the minute you walked in to the time we were seated to our table.
Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with our selections.
We have been before, and hadn't been for a while. It was great to go back and have a very good piece of steak.
We weren't rushed, we could stay and chat and have a great evening which we did as we almost all missed our last tube home.
If you are in and around Farringdon station and fancy a good steak - would add this one to your list. Enjoy!
Located adjacent to the Smithfield market, a real gem for lovers of good argentinian beef and malbec (the wine cellar is an Argentinian tour de force, and you will not be disappointed).
As restaurant afficionados know, consistency in the quality of food and service is a rare thing. We go there on a fairly regular basis (once every month or two), and I am happy to report that they get it better than in most restaurants across the city. We have been going there for at least two years, and although we certainly would not qualify as “regulars”, they almost always seem to remember us (especially the manager Rachel Rojas, who is delightful) and some detail about our last visit—and in any event we always get a warm welcome.
We tend to indulge in a glass or two before being seated, and the lounge area towards the front is intimate and comfortable, and they do not try to rush you to the table if you need some time to unwind (although they generally will come and ask if you are ready just as you are about to finish your drink, which is a nice touch).
Once at the table, the meat menu is displayed on a large wooden cutting board that is brought to the table—a rustic touch in an otherwise very stylish atmosphere. The meat is high quality, cooked to order and delivered hot—even if you order it blue, which reveals an institutional understanding of these important nuances; not just of the kitchen staff, but of the waiting staff and management as well. The side dishes are thoughtfully selected and generally prepared to a high standard. On the odd occasion that something is not up to par, it has been our experience that the managment and staff are quick to respond and remedy.
Two recommendations: try the house Malbec, which is very yummy (if you will pardon the technical term), and the bife de lomo medallions served rare served with the chimichurri salsa rather than the more continental offering of bernaise or mushroom sauces.
Food + drink: 3
Gaucho's are on the whole good, really wouldn't go above that as praise. Having eaten here recently I was disappointed that the rib-eye was a bit tough. Having mentioned that in passing to the waitress, my meal was whisked away in a flash with many apologies and I was told a replacement would be out. Sure enough it was as well as replacement side dishes without being asked. Problem is that the meat really wasn't that great, not a patch on the quality of the Hawksmoor. I was told it was the wrong time of year in Argentina and it can be a little tough. So why, at those heavy prices, do they still sell it?
Overall, they are a solid performer but the prices don't justify the product. I do think in a time when people are concerned by the carbon footprint of their food, why go for this when you can pay less for a better British product? Service is impeccable.
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