REVIEW | Gaucho, Leeds
Why I love Gaucho:
Steak, steak and more steak.
Worth paying a babysitter?
You might not have enough left over, better enlist the grandparents for this one.
An atmospheric, if slightly bachelor pad-style interior, a huge selection of steaks, attentive waiting staff and to pay circa £200 for 3 courses + drinks.
Value for money: (out of 10)
Our meal was £165 for three courses each, a mocktail and small carafe of wine. If I’d have been drinking it would have been around £200 inclusive of tip. The food was great and if you want a really good steak I can’t think of a better place then Gaucho. But for everything else, there are better, and cheaper, options.
Immediately after being kindly invited to review Gaucho, my initial reaction, believe it or not, was slight disappointment. Oh, please believe me, I know how lucky I am to be able to review one of Leeds’ most well-established restaurants and diligently report back to you dear reader. The thought of a delicious rare steak with my favourite blue cheese all washed down with a full-bodied red was getting me all hot under the collar. Or maybe that was the fact that I was in the early stages of pregnancy…! My dream meal was staying just that. On the plus side, I knew my companion would fully partake in my aforementioned dinner of choice, so it gave me a good opportunity to try out what else was on offer.
Having never been to Gaucho before we were intrigued to be led downstairs to an enticingly dark and atmospheric basement restaurant, was large and busy, but due to the seating arrangements, still managed to give off an intimate vibe. We were offered a drink to start and although there were a couple of mocktails on the list I was disappointed to see they all contained raw egg white. The bar staff were happy to make it without but I can’t help but feel it was a bit of an oversight for the pregnant ones!
Luckily, for anyone in the know, you magically find yourself much more lenient with your diet after your first pregnancy, so on the advice of my midwife was able to sample the fresh, zingy and refreshing ceviche starter, which was as beautiful as it was delicious. My other half had the scallops which although were similarly decadent, came at a price of £15 for two. Sorry Gaucho it’s got to be at least three for that price.
Our incredibly knowledgeable waiter brought over a huge wooden board with the available meat selections and cuts and kindly explained which would still taste amazing medium to well done. I can confirm the spiral cut ribeye with chimichurri certainly fulfilled this requirement. I would usually get rump and my companion fillet but we were expertly advised to try something new and so glad we did. We tucked into our selected cuts and there followed the kind of silence that only ever comes after a seriously good mouthful of food. After a few more minutes we were both in agreement it was one of the best steaks we’ve ever had.
We finished with two really lovely desserts, how we managed to fit them in I’ll never know but I’m glad we did as they were fab. I had a salted dulce de leche cheesecake with toasted marshmallow which was every bit as amazing as it sounds and my other half a coconut flourless cake with pear sorbet which was unusual and refreshing. Both very delicious.
Overall Gaucho is a solid choice for those that love their steaks and don’t want to stray too far away from what they know they like! It’s a swanky venue and one to dress up for but admittedly lacks the wow factor of other establishments of a similar price.
To find out more visit: https://www.gauchorestaurants.com/restaurants/leeds/
REVIEW: This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to dine at their restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.
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