Kensington Mums got to experience the evolution of Gaucho’s festive menu. We visited Gaucho Sloane tucked away in the heart of Chelsea. Established 24 years ago, Gaucho has evolved its classic offering of prime Argentinian steaks to incorporate new dishes. Highlighting contemporary Latin American cuisine and culture, this new ethos is being championed by an upcoming series of high- profile guests from the region.
Key to Gaucho’s new era is a broadening of its culinary vision. The Gaucho group remains a destination for top-quality Argentinian steaks, while also drawing on the contemporary flavours and energetic culture of the wider Latin American region.
What to expect?
The service was great and the restaurant was buzzing with a lovely crowd on a weekday. We got treated for drinks as soon as we sat on our table. We couldn’t wait to dig in, as we were all starving and have heard so much about the meat being so tender and juicy. Gaucho’s new festive menu (starting from £48 for 3 course meal and welcome drink) offers for starters the choice between a range of selection including roasted sweet potato soup (Crispy fried chorizo picante and toasted ciabatta), roasted beet and chestnut salad (Blackberries, mixed leaves, palm syrup and a yoghurt dressing). Our waiter, was very kind to explain to us some of the dishes. As for main course, we opted for 300g Fillet (Lean and tender with a delicate flavour), and LOMO 225g Fillet from the classical menu (Lean and tender with a delicate flavour). We were a party of 3, so we were sharing it all together. For dessert, we went for the bread pudding (Spiked with orange and cinnamon served with vanilla ice cream). Yummy. This place is definitely for meat lovers.
For the starters, the soup had a very delicate taste to it. The chestnut salad was excellent. The meat dishes we ordered to share were definitely our favourite and so happy with what we got to order (with the help of our waiter). I would say I preferred the fillet over the LOMO fillet, as I liked the taste a bit more, but I guess its a personal choice and you need to try it yourself.
Gaucho aficionados, however, are also catered for with the menu’s Classics dishes, so the choice is really yours. These reinterpretations of long-established dishes include the Empanadas (beef, humita or sun-dried tomato and mozzarella) and The Gaucho Burger (bacon, onions two ways, pepper mayo and Guindilla chilli). Gaucho also remains a temple to Argentinian meat: Black Angus beef, raised in Argentina and fed grassfrom the country’s Pampas region, available in cuts including Colita de Lomo (spiral-cut tender tail fillet) and the Tira de Ancho (spiral-cut rib-eye, slow grilled with chimichurri).
New for 2019
As we like to keep you in the loop. In March 2019, Gaucho’s bar will be taken over by Renato Giovanonni from the Florería Atlántico bar in Buenos Aires, which landed at number 14 on The World’s 50 Best Bars list 2018. In addition, The Gaucho Argentine Wine Awards will be reintroduced in 2019.
Do not miss
While championing culinary trailblazers, the evolved Gaucho won’t underestimate the pull of tradition: Sunday diners can choose the £20 Sunday Roast. Roast beef sirloin, roast potatoes and unlimited, beef-dripping Yorkshire puddings are given a Gaucho twist with carrots tossed in churrasco marinade and red wine gravy. Meanwhile, the Electro Brunch experience remains a trademark for Saturdays, combining a chilled club soundtrack with two hours of unlimited drinks and dishes for £49.95, from 11am to 4pm.