Gaucho Smithfield

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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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Gaucho Smithfield

93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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Mar 2016

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Gaucho Smithfield

93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   (1)

Sep 2012

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...

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Charles C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Gaucho Smithfield

93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   (3)

Nov 2010

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 2

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93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jun 2010

This place is like going into a club and being asked to eat there – it's dark with thumping music (and I'm no old biddy – I'm 23 and love going out – but when I go out for dinner, you just don't want that!) The prices are insane, I swear they must have raised them just because of the popularity of the place. You can go round the corner to a little French restaurant (Le Cafe Du Marche) and get a much better steak for a fraction of the price. My colleagues Risotto had too much salt and apart for that...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Gaucho Smithfield

93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   gold reviewer (44)

May 2010

Gaucho Smithfield is a bit of a puzzle: I should like it, I eat there in preference to the top floor at Smiths (which I consider uninspired and vastly overpriced), but I can't say I truly rate it. The decor is discrete/opulent which is fine for City lunches (though at the moment the City seems very depressed and the traffic volumes are hardly ever what the “used to be”). The service is very attentive and the Brazilian waitresses there are especially pleasant. The little cheese rolls served with...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   (4)

Oct 2009

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The food here really is fantastic, but the atmosphere does take away from it a bit for me. You probably won't find a better steak in London, and I'm sure that some absolutely love the atmosphere here, but I enjoy a more relaxed place.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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93a Charterhouse Street ,London EC1M 6HL

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by   silver reviewer (17)

Mar 2009

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I had one of the most stressful meals of my life here last saturday. For a start it was so dark I wondered if I had inadvertently stumbled into ‘Dans le Noir’ and had to use my mobile phone light to even locate the menu on the table, let alone read it! The pumping house music raised my blood pressure further, as did the slightly pushy service, where a request for tap water was met with a sneer. The food itself – steak, chips, salad – was simple but tasty but having to order sides seperately bumped...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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