REVIEW: Gaucho, Charlotte Street
Dark, ostentatious interiors splashed with animal hide aren’t suited to every diner, but those walking into Gaucho tend to be serious about a high quality dining experience, and even higher quality produce.
Assuming most vegetarians choose to steer clear of this magnificent meat emporium, the designers and chefs have let loose in the name of satisfying carnivores. And as one of the most consistently booked restaurants on Opentable.com, they’ve clearly succeeded.
So what brings people here? The beef, chilled, never frozen, and all flown over from Argentina, is obviously a big draw. The pure theatre of a huge slab of meats being brought to your table, a waitress expertly explaining each cut’s unique qualities and flavours, can’t be beaten on a big night with clients or a special family birthday.
From Lomo filet to Ancho rib-eye, Chorizo sirloin to Quadril rump, each cut is tempting as you’re reminded of its particular merits – and a marinaded, spiral-cut option beckons too.
More often than not, the clientele choose their old favourite, safe in the knowledge it’ll be better cooked than they could dream of back home.
The selection of homemade sausages (everything from pork and apple to beef and cranberry) is a must to start you off (yes, ordering meat before meat feels decadent, but don’t arrive expecting anything less).
If you prefer something lighter, the selection of seafood is exquisite – we sampled a beautiful tuna ceviche with guacamole, paired with a Finca Sophenia 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.
Steaks come alone, forcing the diner to pay extra for one or two of sides – a plentiful selection ranging from Dauphinoise potatoes with Stilton to roasted Italian pumpkin with churasco dressing, then thin OR fat chips, each £4.95.
With sauces (£3 each, and you’ll be tempted by at least two), dessert (the Pan Tres Leches is soaked in three milks, as the name suggests) and the fine selection of rare wine (we recommend a flight of super malbec) it quickly adds up – but one arrives at this restaurant knowing they’ll spend a lot of money on a truly memorable meal.
If you’ve a special occasion to mark, book this – the subterranean glamour of the Charlotte Street outpost makes for a buzzy beginning to an unforgettable night in the centre of town.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx
Address: Gaucho Charlotte Street, 60A Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NU