A couple we know said we need to try Gaucho – so decided to join them last Saturday night. I don’t get excited about steaks like most people do, yeah I like them, but I don’t see them as the ‘must have’ option on the menu like many others. Plus they are hugely over priced – so I had my reservations about going to a place that bases its whole concept around steaks.
The place is clearly treated by the Leeds clientele as ‘the place to be seen’ – I felt like I was watching an episode of The Only Way is Essex with the amount of ‘glammed up’ couples coming for their night out. I saw a previous reviewers comment about how it looked like a night club and I’m sure many people like that style of venue, personally I was indifferent.
Well my first impressions were very good, we were met by a series of very well presented staff in a nice lounge/bar area. The décor is very modern and trendy; a lot of cow skin furniture and chandeliers and being underground with no windows for daylight, provides an intimate setting.
Drinks were pricey, as were the starters, yet compared to the cost of a steak at many other places, the steaks were quite reasonable and they came with sauce and chips which many places would charge extra for. Looking through the menu I wanted to try a South American rice dish, with prawns, lime and coconut, but seeing as our friends had brought us here for steak – I felt I had better go with that.
A cheery waitress came round with a great big board displaying all the cuts of meat to us – which wasn’t really necessary, but I suppose some people would like it. We ordered a sausage platter to start with – 4 sausages for £20 – that’s some expensive sausage. They were good, but worth a fiver each – no.
I had a rib eye done medium rare – I was a bit taken aback when my plate arrived – it was literally a bare white plate with a lump of meat on it. I suppose that’s what I ordered though; I just found it a bit strange. It hadn’t been rested either as when I cut into it loads of juices came spurting out. The steak was fine, as I said earlier I like steak, but not mad about it, but there was no issue with the quality of it, the béarnaise sauce I got was delicious and the chips were fine. My dessert was a caramel flan, however there was no sign of a flan base, it was more like a crème caramel, not noteworthy, but edible.
Overall I enjoyed my trip to Gaucho, I’d go again with friends, but it’s not going to be at the top of our list for a meal out. However, as a steak restaurant it does was it says on the tin!
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