Are you looking for a top-class steakhouse and dining destination to consider for Summer 2016? If so, Gaucho’s collection of terrace restaurants and a great Summer menu should be at the top of your visit list for the season.
Gaucho has restaurants up and down the country, which specialise in only the best Argentinian steaks, fantastic red wines and world-class service. You will also find a selection of Rare & Fine wines and a collection of cigars, should you be so inclined. But what you may not know about Gaucho is their great range of terrace eating options. In this two-part guide we will regale you with some of our favourite items from the menu and our visit to Gaucho Richmond, plus we will give you all the details you need to visit this Summer.
How was our visit to Gaucho Richmond?
Gaucho Richmond is idyllically located on the edge of the Thames, where you can watch rowers go by or simply people watch to your hearts content. Taking into account the sun and warm weather, we kicked off with a cocktail recommendation from one of the restaurant’s managers – the Tequila Two-Step. Ideal for summer, this refreshing cocktail combines Don Julio Blanco tequila, fresh passion fruit, lychee, honey and a generous sprig of rosemary. At just under £11 this is a steal and full of fresh, summery flavour. A great start.
For those looking to a slightly less lavish drink, but a tasty one nonetheless, we also tried Gaucho’s very own Pilsener beer. Made exclusively for Gaucho, the Rubia Pilsener is brewed in one of Germany’s oldest breweries.
To begin the meal we would recommend the Scallops Succotash, a dish with great fresh flavours and a hint of spice throughout. The perfectly cooked scallops came on a bed of roasted corn and this had been gently cooked through with some smoked paprika and a dash of lime. As a lover of seafood and spice, it was great to see the scallop complimented by the warming flavour of the nduja and paprika, rather than over roared. Delicious and highly recommended. (Image below)
As an establishment, which prides itself on its Argentinian steaks, we of course went for two steaks as our main options. Having been expertly guided through the menu before ordering and having our steaks explained to use before we decided, I went for one of the menu’s premiere cuts – the Tira De Ancho spiral cut rib eye. At almost £38, this is one of the menu’s most lavish cuts. The 500g rib eye is cut and then marinated over night, slow cooked and served with a zingy chimichurri dressing. The meat melted in the mouth and the acidity of the chimichurri perfectly cut through the natural marbling of the rib eye. Packed full of flavour and a treat for the eyes too, this was a great steak. All of this went particularly well with Gaucho’s very own Vina Patricia (2012/13) Malbec. Made by Mauricio Lorca at 980m, this wine comes from the restaurants very own vineyards and it had a great balance.
My partner went for the fillet medallions (known at Gaucho as the Lomo), which were perfect for someone looking to get a taster for the steaks, but is looking for a lighter cut at 225g.
To close the meal, we sampled the season Summer Pudding. A gorgeously light sponge with fresh berries and a light whipped cream. Light, fresh and perfect for the summer, we would give this one a try.
But it’s not just on the plate where Gaucho capture the feeling of summer; in fact, they have an array of gorgeous al fresco dining options to help you capture the sun? Check out this round up of their fantastic terraces and outdoor options for Summer 2016.
The Tanqueray Terrace at Canary Wharf:
Gaucho have partnered with Tanqueray Gin to create a veritable citrus grove on Canary Wharf’s riverside, bursting with lemon and orange trees. Guests can sit back on Gaucho’s sun loungers and watch beautiful waterside sunsets whilst sampling a selection of specially-designed Tanqueray No. 10 gin cocktails – perfect for entertaining clients away from the hustle and bustle of the financial district.
Gaucho Canary – 29 Westferry Circus, London, E14 8RR
The Gaucho Asado & Fish Grill at Richmond:
For those looking to escape the commotion of central London, look no further than the tranquil haven at Gaucho Richmond. Under the branches of a towering plane tree, Gaucho Richmond’s terrace offers panoramic views of Richmond Bridge and Petersham Meadows. Also home to an al fresco kitchen and grill, diners can watch as Gaucho’s renowned cuts of Argentine steak are freshly grilled before their eyes. On select sunny weekends, Gaucho Richmond’s diners will also be able to select from an array of the freshest fish to be skilfully prepared on the outdoor grill.
Gaucho Richmond – The Towpath, Richmond Riverside, Richmond, TW10 6UJ
The Chandon Terrace at Broadgate:
Hidden away at the centre of London’s Square Mie, Gaucho’s Chandon Terrace at Broadgate is ideally situated for a sunny business lunch or post-work drinks. Nestled behind a wall of plush ferns, guests can enjoy a selection of Chandon’s finest cocktails on the outdoor sofas or be seated in the separate al fresco dining area, all located next door to Gaucho Broadgate’s newly refurbished glass bar.
Gaucho Broadgate – 5 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PG
The Garden Terrace at Hampstead:
Gaucho Hampstead has just launched its newly designed terrace, which features stunning wall flowers as part of its new botanical garden feel. Just in time for summer, the terrace’s bar will serve floral cocktails inspired by the design of the garden, and diners can enjoy the a la carte menu expertly grilled on Gaucho’s signature asado grill.
Gaucho Hampstead – 64 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DN
The Roof Terrace at Piccadilly:
Gaucho’s celebrated West End dining destination features a roof terrace on the third floor, complete with a retractable roof perfect for soaking up the sun, as well as a twinkling fairy lights and a fireplace for when the sun goes down and the party gets started! An enclave of Argentine al fresco glamour, guests can sample from Gaucho’s fantastic cocktail menu and bar snacks.
Gaucho Piccadilly – 64 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DN
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