I was absolutely gutted to have missed the blogger masterclass at Gaucho first time round. So much so, the restaurant caught wind and invited me to dine with them on a separate occasion recently after work. Let me tell you now, if someone asked me to name the top blogger dining experiences I’ve ever had, this definitely ranks in the top 3. Everything from the booking, to the table service, the food and the experience was borderline faultless. I can safely say this is definitely one of the best restaurant openings Brum has seen for a long time. And I’m obviously a huge wine and steak lover, so let’s get to the good bit!
The bar is sectioned in the corner of the room nearest the entrance where people can sit and have drinks before being shown to their table. I saw one man move to the seating area and enjoy a bottle of wine to himself after eating his steak – amazing! Being given this seating option allows a relaxed vibe and you don’t feel rushed to your table like many other places. And so, I originally asked my colleague to come along with me, but unfortunately she couldn’t make it on the day. Alternatively, I asked my boyfriend Josh who was over the moon when I told him he could actually come for the review. It really was a superb dining experience. Of course, I always make sure to look around during a review to see how other tables are being treated.
Our coats were taken from us at the reception before walking into the restaurant which is a really lovely touch. Once in the dimly lit room, we were seated near the middle of the room with a good table to see what was happening around us. Just seconds after we sat down, we were approached by Gaucho manager, Dan and our server for the night, Ion. Both were very polite, welcoming and introduced us to the restaurant. Ion handed over a drinks and wine menu and encouraged us to a browse through it while we waited for table water. Shortly on return, he suggested I try one of the cocktails while we wait for food. Beforehand we were told we would experiencing a wine pairing with each dish which I was looking forward to. Gaucho’s Argentinian wine list is incredibly varied and the obvious contender for any steak is a Malbec. Gaucho prides itself on an extensive list and there really is a wine to suit everyone’s taste and preference.
Before you finalise your steak order, a meat board is brought to the table. This is a fantastic way of seeing what you order, the size of the dish you can expect and the texture of the meat you will eat. Ion explained everything clearly to us, explaining which cuts are more tender (fillet), what’s more firm (rump) and which steaks are paired with each individual wine. I found this to be incredibly insightful and it made me appreciate my food more once it arrived at the table. Bearing in mind, this happens for every single table in the restaurant, it wasn’t just a blogger treat which is a wonderful, personalised touch.
Gaucho First Courses
It was around 7:45 when our first course arrived, just 15 minutes, if not less, after sitting down at our table. Ion paired each of our dishes with a crisp wine which complimented both of our dishes. Bearing in mind that the wine pairing differs with each person so you may receive something different if you order another starter. The first thing on the menu which stuck out at me was the Braised Beef Back Ribs – Glazed in hoisin and chilli orange sauce with sesame seeds, fresh orange and pickled chillies (£14). The dishes are a little pricey but let me tell you – worth every penny. The ribs were melt in the mouth gorgeous with just the right amount of hotness. The presentation of the food also is effortlessly gorgeous, romantic colours and tantalising tangy flavours. Josh’s chicken livers were incredibly tender, just the right amount in a small pot, accompanied with a slice of toasted sourdough, with an endive and shallot dressing (£8.50).
Gaucho Steak Main Courses
My main course was a tender delicate fillet cut of the Churrasco De Lomo – Spiral cut, marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil (400g – £50.45). The steak was a long strip of tender meat, charred on top and smelled so delicious with the garlic. Accompanied with a side of fries with Chimichurri vinegar, peppercorn sauce and the creamiest gnocchi, this was an amazing steak. I refused to put my fork down until I felt I was going to burst. There are plenty of options to choose from the Gaucho steak menu but this was just phenomenal.
When Josh’s Tasting Plate – Three of Gaucho’s most popular cuts – chorizo, vacío and entraña fina (450g – £37.45) came to the table I was so envious. Thankfully Josh allowed me to sample two of the steaks (the third I was already eating) and the flavours and textures once again, were insane. The steaks are so tender that you cut through them without a steak knife. By doing this, you know it’s good. The overall main course, paired with my favourite wine ever – a deep Malbec – was one of the best meals I’ve had as a blogger. Thanks to Gaucho, I’ve learned so much about the right cut of steak for me, and how I want it cooked and seasoned. Even just looking back on these photos make me go ‘mmmmm’.
Gaucho Authentic Desserts
By the time we finished, we had so much steak left over that I asked to bag it up and take it home with me. And thankfully we had enough food left over for steak sandwiches the next day. Soon after, our server Ion asked us if we wanted dessert. It would have been a shame not to, so with every ounce of strength in me, I requested to try the Dulce De Leche Cheesecake -Hot salted, with toasted marshmallow (£9.50). Of course, our desserts were paired with a dessert wine which again, was incredible. Josh decided to go for Argentine Rice Pudding – Cinnamon and raisins (£8.75) which was a great choice and came out piping hot.
To round off the night, Josh and I drank espressos to sober up after all the wine *hick*. Even the coffee was delicious and it was the perfect drink to top off a well rounded meal. Overall, we were both thoroughly impressed with our meals and the wonderful service from both the staff, and Ion. We felt really looked after and it was lovely to chat to the Gaucho team about the steaks we ate, the wine we drank and they really made our experience a memorable one. I would obviously recommend Gaucho if you are looking for a romantic date night with impressive food and fantastic wine, you won’t leave disappointed.
55 Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2AA
Please note: I was invited to Gaucho as a guest with a +1. We received a complimentary three course meal with wine pairings. This review is my honest opinion and feedback is 100% my own.