Restaurant Review – Gaucho

Most steakhouses we’ve been to in Dubai have a similar flair running through them. They’re all usually very rustic and decked out with wooden hues and patent leather furnishing; and this goes for the fine dining steakhouses as well. Gaucho on the other hand, sets itself apart from the rest. For one, it’s not technically a steakhouse as much as it is an Argentinean Fine Dining restaurant and the food and culture of Argentinean cooking is beautifully and fondly illustrated through its menu. But what we mainly admired upon entering Gaucho is their elegant and glamorous decor that’s consistent throughout all their restaurants around the world.
DSC_0874The Food:
We started off our lunch with a portion of Crab Tostada that was strongly recommended by our server. The presentation was very minimalistic chic which a perfectly round and crispy fried tortilla bread stacked with crab, black bean puree, avocado, chili, lime and coriander. As much as we loved the simplicity of flavors and the freshness of the beautifully cooked crab, we feel the proportion was a bit off and dish was missing an overall crunch. The same amount of toppings (or filling) served in that dish could be easily distributed among two to three tortilla discs.
We adored the Scallops Succotash which was our second appetizer. The roasted fresh corn, chili, smoked paprika and lime went brilliantly with the scallops that were perfectly cooked. It’s also worth mentioning that we loved the rustic presentation of this dish on a mini skillet.
For our mains, we had the Grilled Lamb Cutlets with ratte potatoes, tomato and salsa. We felt the presentation could’ve been a bit more refined, however when it came to flavor we were positively pleased. The lamb was cooked according to what we requested and the salsa added a nice freshness and balanced the whole dish out.
Our server was kind enough to bring out a beautiful platter of uncooked cuts of meat, explaining the features of each meat and then letting us decide for ourselves the cut we prefer for our main. We opted for the Tira De Ancho which is basically a belt of Ribeye Steak. The steak was perfectly juicy and cooked just the way we like it – Medium Rare and dressed with chimichurri. Make sure to have your steak with a portion of Whole Roasted Cauliflower Cheese that is a perfect side for sharing. Trust us when we say it tastes even better than it looks!
The best part of our meal had to be dessert! We absolutely devoured the Salted Dulce De Leche and Hazelnut Cheesecake comprising coconut Italian meringue, salted dulce, milk chocolate ganache and marbled chocolate shards. The consistency of the cheesecake was spot on. It was smooth, creamy and melted in our mouths. The coconut meringue helped cut through the heaviness of the cheesecake and added a nice tropic flair to the dessert.
We ended our meal with an unbelievably delicious and addictive Dulce De Leche Fondant served with amaretto curd, vanilla ice cream and fresh fruits. We loved the strong flavor of the dulce de leche that was very evident and surprisingly not to heavy. We devoured this fondant in seconds and werent even guilty about it!

Location and Contact Details:
Podium Level
Gate Village 05
DIFC – Dubai
Tel: 04 4227898

The Bill:
Crab Tostado – Dhs 65
Scallops Succotash – Dhs 80
Grilled Lamb Cutlets – Dhs 180
Tira De Ancho – Dhs 220 for 300g
Whole Roasted Cauliflower Cheese – Dhs 60
Salted Dulce De Leche and Hazelnut Cheesecake – Dhs 50
Dulce De Leche Fondant – Dhs 50

Ambiance: 4.5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 3.5/5

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