Saturday, 18 February 2012

FOOD: Gaucho

Wednesday saw Mr S&S turn another year older and, to celebrate, we went for a meal out at Gaucho Piccadilly.

Walking in to be greeted by a host of staff and a beautiful, elegant staircase we left our coats at the reception before heading into the moody bar; with lights down low and sumptuous seating we could well have been in a gentleman's bar (without the girls of course!). I started with a Mojito to die for while the boyfriend chose from the extensive wine list.

After relaxing with a drink we were led upstairs to the restaurant area by one of the glamorous hostesses and seated at a table overlooking the restaurant and grill area where we were then introduced to our waiter for the evening. Gaucho is known for their Argentinian steak and it is only proved further by the knowledge of the staff; the waiter brought over a board of cuts of steak, explained all of them thoroughly and recommended what he thought we would like; this resulted in a starter of what looked like mini cornish pasties - they were DELICIOUS!!

With just enough time left between each course our main arrived. We both opted for the Rib Eye with a side of fries and broccoli. I can't even describe how amazing the steak was, and I not even a big meat-lover. The medium-cooked meat literally melted in the mouth and was cooked to perfection, so much so that it wasn't even necessary to have side dishes, I could well have just eaten the huge cut of meat riding solo on the plate.

The restaurant itself had a real Argentine, masculine look with a brilliant, sociable atmosphere. Cowhide graced the walls and chairs, complimented by dark wood tables and a bustling vibe. It really was the ideal choice for the man's birthday and they even gave us a bottle of wine on the house for the occasion. Gaucho will most definitely be a new regular haunt and with venues across London and the UK we'll just have to work our way through them all!

25 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4QR

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