SquareMeal Review of Gaucho Piccadilly
This ‘typically slick’ branch of the upmarket, Argentinian-themed group still pulls in the diners thanks to its high-visibility location, four floors of carousing opportunities & fine summertime terrace. It’s a striking-looking place, dressed in Gaucho’s signature get-up of chandeliers, black leather & cowhide, with love-or-hate nightclub acoustics & moody lighting. The menu isn’t all about beef – there are brightly flavoured ceviches, spatchcock chicken & lamb chops, too – but the most famous dishes are the ones to order: a selection of pasty-like empanadas followed by steak done any which way. Prices (around £25 a slab) aren’t the most intimidating in town but, with sauces & sides to pay for, the result may be ‘decent – not wow’, an impression reinforced by ‘efficient’ but ‘stressed’ staff. Finish in style with a cocktail in the bar.
About Gaucho Piccadilly
The Piccadilly branch of the impressive Gaucho empire is the brand’s flagship restaurant, set in a stunning townhouse, located in the heart of the bustling West End of the city. The restaurant is surrounded by great public transport links from the underground, buses, or taxis.
The elegant interior is very much a snazzy, luxurious affair with brass and jewel tones offsetting the décor inspired by the rugged Argentinian landscape. The colour palette is earth and moody, and the furniture is chic – a cool combination of modern and natural. The atmosphere is immediately relaxing, yet intimate, making it a perfect setting for a date or a formal dinner. As the former home of the Spanish ambassador, the designers have definitely done it justice. Gaucho always manages to impress with its exquisite décor and exclusive vibe.
There are many exceptional spaces within this spacious multi-level restaurant, with great facilities for a variety of occasions and events. The ground floor encompasses the beautiful dining room, which is connected to a lovely terrace area – weather-proofed for all seasons. The first floor hosts another grand dining space, featuring the open kitchen for some ringside culinary action – a real treat for patrons.
The legendary electro brunches and private dining rooms are found on the first floor of the restaurant. This Gaucho restaurant is truly unique in many respects from its multicultural décor to its brilliant location and history; one of the exclusive rooms even pays homage to the former Spanish owner. The top floor hides a secret courtyard and cocktail bars inspired by the socialising culture of Buenos Aires.
Wherever you decide to be seated within Gaucho’s huge Piccadilly restaurant, the cuisine is guaranteed to amaze. The Pampas-reared Black Angus beef steaks are exquisitely plated up in a range of cuts and weights - be prepared for an indulgent feast.