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“Good concept but shabby delivery and quality”
Review of El Vaquero

El Vaquero
Ranked #1,238 of 24,264 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $31
Cuisines: Argentinean, Barbecue, Brazilian, South American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Went here with 4 friends, all of whom are big eaters. As soon as diet coke was served in the can, expectations were diminished and El Vaquero lived down to them!
The waiters were attentive, in fact too much so, even when we pressed the red light to have a breather between meat courses. It all feels very rushed and a little like a poor mans Harvester... I never ever thought I would be saying that

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1  Thank Paulh616
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This restaurant is easy to find and there are plenty of places to park. The staff are friendly until they've decided that you need to make way for incoming customers. We had an early table as we were meeting friends with a young family and within 100 minutes we had been encouraged to leave as the restaurant filled up.

A bowl of chips is put on the table as soon as you arrive and the first course is a buffet with salad items and a few hot dishes, including a somewhat lame feijoada-alike. I guess that these are fillers, to reduce the amount of meat they're expected to serve.

The Rodizio comprised tough beef variants, a variety of sausages and bits of chicken and turkey; plenty of which was chewy and lacking in flavour. The waiters come incessantly at first; continually offering miniscule portions of this or that and their constant badgering makes conversation difficult and the atmosphere uncomfortable After 30-40 minutes, they slowed significantly and then stopped coming altogether, despite no-one having pressed the red button - which signifies that everyone's full.

It became very clear that the staff wanted our party to leave as our table had seemingly been booked for another group.

Having eaten in churrascarias in Brazil and Argentina, there doesn't seem to be much that's authentic here - not in the quality of the food or in the nature of the restaurant. As for the 'all you can eat' tag; well you're given a pretty restricted period in which you're welcome to eat there or even sit at El Vaquero's tables. I won't be returning.

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Thank patpezloz
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

If you are a big meat eater like my husband and i then this is the place to go! You can eat as much as you like with waitors constantly going round with skewers of meat. Large variety of fresh salads and other hot dishes to choose from. Everything was tasty and service was great. We will definately be returning back soon :)

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Thank MARIE2109
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Visited again and found that if one was selective in choice of BBQ meats it was possible to enjoy the experience more than if one succumbs to the great rush.

The big problem is being hurried along by the staff. True, one takes the initial salad at one's own pace but after that the servers seem to descend on you too quickly. You seem to spend too much time fending them off, but if you don't you will just be hurried and rushed and surely this is not the point, not for the diners anyway.

Actually, the staff are a problem. From the fake outfits to the inexperienced servers who just don't mind how much they inconvenience you by constantly interrupting conversation and taking up intrusive serving positions at your table.

The food though is generally quite tasty and, as noted, if you are selective you can enjoy good cuts which represent good value too.

All in all, this is a good eaterie if all you want to do is fill up quickly. But there is more to life than this. So, maybe this is not such a good place for a pleasant evening with friends where you want to set your own pace - despite all the red flag/green flag promises.

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Thank David G
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We have eaten many times at the Whetstone branch with family, friends and parties and once at the Mill hill branch as a party. Its usually £23 a head not including drinks & desserts . We are always impressed by the vast selection of unusual & interesting salads. The hot food selection of pasta and chilli are a nice touch as are the cooked vegetable accompaniments .You can top up as many times as you want. Then you press your green button on the table and this is the staffs cue to start bringing you your meat on huge skewers. You are given chicken, lamb ,beef in every flavour and style ! garlic, teriyaki, lemon, drumsticks, sausages in every variety and steak in different cuts and flavours to name but a few. They also bring around garlic bread, hot pineapple and chips. Their style is little and often so they constantly offer you more food and it doesn`t take too long for even the most dedicated foodie to throw the towel in and hit the red button to indicate no more ! You can opt for the fish option if you give 24 hours notice but this is just a single meal of fish but the salad and extras are as much as you can eat. We have had one of our party that didn`t eat meat but was full on the salad selection and the garlic bread, fries & pineapple, so much so they have since returned again as they were so pleased with it. The service is good and the place gets packed on weekends but it is a great atmosphere. Book in advance if you can. If you can make it to desserts they do a great selection although the sorbet is great if you want something tasty but a little lighter. Most good steak houses charge roughly what you would pay here and you would never get as much for your money as you do here . We always leave here fit to burst. Athletes prepare yourself as this is a marathon !!!

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1  Thank kascem
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