Gaucho Electro Brunch RESTAURANT REVIEW

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Gaucho – Electro Brunch

Restaurant Review

by Jen Grimble

Bottomless Brunch is a relatively new concept, but one that London has taken to fervently. Yet the all-you-can-eat-and-drink fad is quickly working its way to other UK cities, with international steak house, Gaucho, leading the pack. The high-end restaurant chain is renowned for its Argentine passion which it takes to extreme lengths, and their latest eccentric offering is the Electro Brunch.

The clue to the Electro Brunch is in the title. This is where music and food meet. Gaucho wants to offer a boutique experience, so this is brunch as you’ve never quite experienced it before. It’s breakfast with the feel of an evening meal. Meat heavy with classic breakfast dishes weaved through, Gaucho’s Electro Brunch is no place for vegetarians or those that want a quiet morning coffee.

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When you arrive at any Gaucho outlet, you may feel like you’ve stepped into Liberace’s lounge. Picture a monochrome interior strewed with animal furs and leather. A carpet that looks like you could fall asleep on it and tables as shiny as mirrors. A fusion between wine bar and night club, Gaucho’s interior is eclectic, flamboyant and proudly in-your-face. Yet there is class to it. The staff, dressed entirely in black, take your name, your coat, escort you to your seat and respectfully take care of you for your duration at Gaucho. The service and the quality of the steak brings Gaucho into higher ranks.

“The opener is the stuff of breakfast dreams”

It feels unusual to be in such a place in daylight hours, especially before 12pm, yet once you’re seated and sipping on a Bloody Mary or an Apple Gone Loupe (freshly made at the juice station), you can begin to relax. The Electro Brunch menu is thorough, offering all-you-can-eat-and-drink within a two-hour time slot. Order as much as you like, as often as you like. Some rules do apply though, including one drink and dish per person at any one time.

The food highlights include the brunch starter Medialuna, a small, warm croissant served with what can only be described as highly-addictive peanut butter dulce de leche. This opener is the stuff of breakfast dreams, and after you’ve used your finger to scoop the remaining nut caramel from the bowl, it’s time to order the main goods.

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From French Toast to Eggs Florentine, Gaucho has traditional covered. For something a little different, though, opt for the Fried Proveleta; a block of Argentine cheese encased in golden brown breadcrumbs and served with a caramelised onion chutney. And of course, any brunch-goer has to sample the Gaucho special, Steak & Eggs; 100g of Churrasco de cuadril beef is griddled as you like it and served beneath a runny fried egg; any carnivore’s fantasy.

“A real sense of ‘coming together'”

While you eat, or await your next dish, you can listen to the DJ’s set, or watch the chefs carving their prime aged steak in the open kitchen, or attempt to take in the numerous quirky items that make up the interior of this restaurant. While the music might not add much to the experience as a whole, there’s a real sense of “coming together” in Gaucho. It’s the place that people meet, young and old, with friends or family over steak and eggs and a strong old Bloody Mary. At £45* a head though, you’ll need to bring your wallet and your appetite.

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The Electro Brunch is available every Saturday between 11am and 4pm in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and London. A two hour session is £45pp (*£49.95 per person in London outlets) and includes a two hour all-you-can-eat experience.

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