‘The most tender steak I have ever eaten,’ was the final verdict of the night as we shared Gaucho’s signature ‘Tira de Ancho’. A spiral cut rib eye marinated in hot chimichurri, the slow grilled meat was a triumph, and at 500g per serving, there was enough to last us the week.
Meat is a serious business at Gaucho. After getting comfy at our elegant banquette table, we were presented with a meat board, taught about the provenance of their Argentinian beef and given a full tasting guide to the variety of steaks on offer that night.
I started with the seafood sampler, a trio of tasters: limey tuna ceviche, paired with a creamy guacamole; soft shell crab crisply encrusted by tempura batter accompanied by a fragrant smoked paprika mayonnaise; and finally, the king of the trio, delicate sashimi-style slivers of stone bass with corn and fresh, tart grapefruit. My dining partner loved the gamey flavours of his starter – piping hot chicken livers in a delightfully creamy sherry scented endive and shallot sauce.
After joyfully tackling our king’s share of steak, who would have guessed that we could make room for dessert? However, when it comes in the form of a dulche de leche cheesecake with toasted marshmallows and dripping with delicious hot salted caramel sauce, who could say no?
The wine list gives an opportunity to taste a great selection of Argentinian wines, some unique to Gaucho. The knowledgable and enthusiastic staff are on hand to help advise, and there are helpful wine pairing suggestions dotted throughout the menu to keep you on the right track.
For meat lovers on the hunt, Gaucho is the ultimate prize.
4a St Andrew Square
Edinburgh EH2 2BD
Words: Sue Hitchen