When I visited: Various times from 2013-2016
Location: London, various (including Piccadilly Circus, Chancery Lane, The O2 and Liverpool Street)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated
What to wear: Men – shirt and jacket and nice trousers and shoes; women – a smart dress and/or smart trousers and a top
Ambience: Argentinian, dark, cow prints, cool
Course of the meal: Churrasco de lomo (spiral cut of beef)
If I could change one thing: Price
Like Hawksmoor, Gaucho has taken over London with various chains of its steak restaurants and provides a solid choice for groups of friends or work colleagues who are into their steak and accompaniments. It is expensive (although probably not as pricey as Hawksmoor) but the cuts of beef are genuinely delicious and the accompaniments and cocktails are also worthy of note.
On my most recent visit to the Gaucho near Chancery Lane, I considered raising it to 4 hoots as the service was impeccable and the food was particularly good – with a shared ceviche (salmon, shrimp and scallops) starter we got lovely bread (cheesy, brown and a flatbread) with butter and oils, and were successfully upsold beef braesola, salami and pastrami as well. With our steaks (a marbled rib eye and churrasco de lomo) we had some particularly good chips (cooked in beef dripping) and the desserts afterwards were not too large so you could actually finish and enjoy them. If the other branches can match this level of service and food quality it will get 4 hoots in the future.