Situated in the heart of the DIFC, Gaucho (http://www.gauchorestaurants.com/restaurants/dubai/) is much more than an Argentinian steakhouse. As you enter the restaurant you are immediately impressed by the décor and the members of staff attend to you quickly and courteously. At this point you have two options, to either enjoy a drink at the cocktail bar or to take the elevator down to the main restaurant. I would personally recommend enjoying one of the incredibly delicious cocktails prior to venturing downstairs. Clearly Gaucho has placed a lot of effort into the interior of the restaurant and it shows. Of course, all of this would not be complete without their trademark cowhide chairs, which emphasise that diners should opt for their speciality cuts of meat.
The staff are all extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the food they offer, presenting you with a meat board on arrival and talking you through the different cuts of meat, how they were prepared, the texture of the meat and advising which cut is most suitable according to your taste preference. The same can be said for their knowledge of wine, they advised us on what to opt for depending on the dishes we ordered, the type of grape we liked, and the overall body of the wine.
Now on to the food. To start we ordered the trio of gambas; the first being gambas steamed in a banana leaf, this dish contained a good level of garlic and was nicely peppered. The second was spicy gambas with thinly grated sweet potato chips. Again, very nice. The sweet potato chips were full of flavour and perfectly complemented the spice of the prawns. Lastly, the gambas panna cotta, which was similar to a prawn cocktail but more tomatoey than creamy.
For the main I opted for the Gaucho tasting plate in order to get a full understanding of the quality of meat on offer, the dish included three of their most popular cuts; chorizo, ancho and picaña, and was accompanied by sautéed chestnut and button mushrooms with shallots and garlic. The mushrooms were quite garlicy but not overpowering or greasy. In regards to the sauce I was offered chimichurri as all of their other sauces contained gluten. Saying that, I barely touched the chimichurri as the meat, despite being blue, was extremely succulent and full of flavour, always a sure sign of a good chef. It’s also worth noting that Gaucho offers gluten free corn bread but it’s not made in-house so I decided to stay clear just in case there were any cross-contamination issues.
Excitingly enough the dessert I wanted was gluten free; white chocolate and coconut truffles with Italian meringue, strawberry sorbet and candied cherries. And yes, it really was as good as it sounds. It was the perfect balance between hard and chewy, not too rich, delicate, light and incredibly moreish.
I couldn’t fault a thing and to top it all off, the service was amazing. From its 18-metre marble bar serving an array of exotic cocktails to its glamorous décor and unique cowhide furnishings, Gaucho is the perfect place to unwind after a long day in the office or to sample some of the finest Argentinian food and wine.
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