Gaucho Charlotte Street

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Argentinian, South American, Steak

Gaucho Charlotte Street
Gaucho Charlotte Street
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Gaucho’s re-opening of their Charlotte Street restaurant marks a new era for the established Argentinian steakhouse.

The 25th anniversary of the chain comes with a redressing of the loud cowhide plastered walls and plush fittings. The new look is much more understated with nods to Argentina’s rugged landscape through the sand coloured, textured walls and earth-toned colour palette. The overhaul is admirable, but there was something fun about the over-the-top Gaucho of the past, although we appreciate the better lighting.

The beef counter champions the mighty cow in the best ways, as the personal chef experience brings another level of luxe to the already quite sumptuous meat affair.

The meal started off strong with three courses of starters, the cuadril carpaccio was nicely executed and topped with a tangy miso chimichurri that offset the creamy raw meat well. Japanese-Latin fusion, tiraditos, were precisely plated curls of thinly cut lomo with horseradish, watermelon radish, crispy shallots, and an exciting tiger milk– a seemingly eclectic mix of components, but a refreshing and delicious dish.  To round off the first course, we had a chorizo steak featuring a foamy palm heart emulsion and a decadent cured duck egg to combine the whole dish – prettily presented and amusing to swirl together to reveal a rich tartare.

The main course felt like a crash course in the different cuts of beef, each progressive cut served with a new sauce over the Josper grill. Adventurous diners can even cook their own steak, but we preferred to let the chef cook ours to medium rare. The spicy fish chimichurri (different to the carpaccio version) was by far the best sauce, although a light-handed sprinkling of salt truly does the meat justice. The meats are wet-aged rather than dry-aged, which results in a much tenderer and juicier steak; we enjoyed the subtle taste, but can easily see how some punters may prefer a more flavourful dry-age.

If you’re looking for an entertaining, casually informative steak dinner, do try out the beef bar, it is a heady festival of meat, and ends on a DIY note as you carve up chunks of Valrhona chocolate.

About Gaucho Charlotte Street

Set among concrete office blocks on the quieter, northern end of Charlotte Street, the Fitzrovia outpost of the Gaucho chain has always been a buzzy medialand haunt par excellence, but it’s set to get a whole lot more on-trend thanks to its eco-makeover. Gone are the trademark black and white fixtures, shiny surfaces and cowhide seating, replaced instead with earthy tones designed to evoke the Pampas of Argentina and the modern spirit of real gauchos (Argentine cowboys/girls).

It’s not just the decor that’s changing in this 25-year-anniversary rebrand either – Gaucho’s whole concept is changing to become more socially and environmentally conscious. From employing people deemed ‘unemployable’ to improving its carbon footprint, installing sockets for remote workers and welcoming dogs, Gaucho 2.0 marks a distinct change in creative direction that is sure to win new fans.

Loyal diners need not fear though – the new owners are keen to stay true to the brand’s DNA with a menu based firmly around modern Argentinian cuisine. Steaks still take centre stage and are available in a variety of cuts and weights, from melt-in-the mouth lomo (fillet) to traditional churrascaria (a marinated spiral cut), while new items will include the likes of Atlantic cod with garlic and herb half-lobster, spatchcock chicken and beetroot risotto. For steak enthusiasts, there’s a brand-new four-seater ‘beef bar’ where diners can watch and interact with the chefs as they deliver tartare, carpaccio and a variety of specials and new dishes.

Starters are still distinctly Latin (try the tangy ceviche made with thumb-sized queenie scallops or a selection of empanadas), and the menu rounds off with the likes of sweet, creamy dulce de leche cheesecake. Pre- or post-prandial cocktails can be sipped in one of two elegant cocktail bars, and on certain nights the restaurant will host movie nights where guests will eat and drink what they see on the screen.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Argentinian, South American, Steak
Ambience
Dark and moody, Lively
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Dog friendly, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]

Location for Gaucho Charlotte Street

60a Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2NU

020 7580 6252

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-00:00
Tue 11:30-00:00
Wed 11:30-00:00
Thu 11:30-00:00
Fri 11:30-00:00
Sat 11:30-00:00
Sun Closed

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Mr. Mark J

14 January 2010  
I visited Gaucho Charlotte Street on New Year’s Eve, and I have to say the service and quality of the Menu was second to none. They really went to town to ensure we had an evening to remember. The GM (Michael) I think his name was charming and polite. We started out evening in the opulent and stylish tasting room; we sampled 4 Malbec’s even before we were seated with the lovely Jake – great knowledge and a charming fella indeed the un oaked Malbec from Donald Hess was simple divine. The menu was well craved and presented with style and sophistication, our waitress was also excited her diction whilst doing the famed ‘meat Board’ was clear that left me wanting more. I have visited many Gaucho's and have very rarely walked feeling hard done by, this place captures all that is great about argentine culture and leaves you wishing you were in the hassle and bustle of BA…
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