Gaucho, Leeds – Restaurant Review
by Rob Siddle
Hidden away beneath the hustle and bustle of the financial district, Gaucho Leeds can be easily missed. But anyone with a taste for South American flavours should unearth this Argentine masterpiece!
As you walk down the sheltered stairwell from the street above, class is already oozing from the restaurant below. Dark but well presented, your mind is set to wondering what exactly to expect through the doors.
You will not be disappointed! Sophisticated and elegant, we were swiftly welcomed and offered a seat at the bar. White leather booths with accompanying cow hide, mood lighting and a selection of interesting drinks to choose from, we opted for Rubia Pilsner 4.8% (£4.95 for 330ml) served in a tall glass, tinkered and ice cold and a Tanqueray G&T (£8.95). This was just what the doctor had ordered post-work.
We were presented with a slate of three cured meats to complement our drinks – a taste of the flavors to come – which included an excellent salted beef. After our drinks, we moved through to the restaurant and took in the tremendous, almost ostentatious interior, with ample space and plenty of staff.
Our waitress offered a detailed review of each cut on offer and gave an example of the weights used to apportion size throughout the menu. This is a great little touch and gives you an insight into what each dish offers, but doesn’t help narrow down the choice from the many mouth-watering helpings on offer.
After much deliberation we settled for the sausage platter (4pcs £19.95) Argentine Chorizo, Chicken Tomato and Basil, Spanish Chorizo and Beef, Chipotle and Piquillo Pepper, four full size sausages (you could have 6 if desired) all succulent and full of flavor, a great starter for multiple flavors. My guest chose the Buffalo Mozzarella Salad (£9.95) Celery Leaf, Parsley, Toasted Sourdough and Pomegranate. It was a light but plentiful starter.
For mains we had Churrascdo de Chorizo, Fillet Steak (300g £26.95), a spiral cut marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil. It came medium-rare and accompanied by a choice of skinny or chunky fries. It’s the best steak I have ever had in my time reviewing restaurants. Perfectly cooked, it sliced with ease. My guest opted for the Rib Eye (300g £24.95) cooked medium rare, as it comes on the butcher’s block, with Smoked Garlic Hollandaise sauce (£3) and chunky chips. Again her comments were of outstanding taste and cooked to simply fall apart at a glance of the knife. Compliments to the chef for sure!
We sampled some of the Gaucho house wine. Torrontés, ‘Seleccion G’ Finca Sophenia (£27.50), was a nice medium white, light and tasty but not overpowering. It worked well with our meal.
A shared dessert of Dulce de Leche, a Salted Caramel Cheese Cake (£9.25) was dinky in size. But it was all that we required. It came beautifully presented and sated our sweet cravings.
We had a great night in this little gem of a restaurant. A slight downward tweak on the prices and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. As it is, Gaucho Leeds is a magnificent indulgence.
21-22 Park Row,
Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 24:00