With plans to spend a Saturday afternoon shopping in London, we wanted to find restaurant in the area for lunch - somewhere nice that wouldn’t break the bank. After a quick online search we came across Gaucho, a rapidly expanding chain specialising in Argentinian food.
The restaurant was easy to find, located just off Piccadilly and Regent Street. As I set foot inside, I was instantly struck by the design. Low lighting, walls and furniture decorated in black leather and cow hide, and beautiful chandeliers. We were greeted by the hostess at the front desk and quickly whisked away to the restaurant upstairs.
We made our selections from the lunch menu, which offers a limited selection of dishes at a fixed price: 2 courses for £23 or 3 courses for £26. Quite a reasonable cost considering the location.
As soon as we had placed our order, the waiter brought over a complimentary selection of breads.
For the starter I chose Beef Empanada, which I could best describe as an elegant meat pie. I’d never tried empanada before and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this dish was.
Next up was Churrasco of Chicken, marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil and served with tenderstem broccoli, chimichurri and potato bravas. The chicken was thin but tender and perfectly cooked. I had high hopes for the potato accompaniment as patatas bravas was my favourite tapas dish when travelling through Spain, however the sauce wasn’t quite to my liking.
The dessert made up for the disappointment, though. A very sweet Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.
I’d definitely recommend Gaucho’s lunch menu if you’re looking for great food at a reasonable price. I would like to try this restaurant for dinner sometime, their steak has received high praise and is Gaucho’s speciality.