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4a, St Andrews Square,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 278 3410
Opening times Mon–Thurs 11:30 – 23:00pm Fri : 11:30 – 00:00 Sat: 11:00 – 00:00 Sun: 11:30 – 23:00

Not at our table but it is admirable that the servers ask each diner at this Argentinian Steak House. 

I had good intentions regarding the Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle but when the crunch comes I just can’t resist a rib-eye. Ditto béarnaise sauce apart from when there is a topping of truffle butter on offer – I’ll just repeat that – a topping of truffle butter. So both me and Mr Bite enjoy a luxurious puddle on each steak infusing them with aromatic fungi heaven.  He has sirloin and we agree that velvety texture and juicy flavour characterise each succulent bite of each thick steak; very good value for money given the quality of the meat, its 30 days ageing whilst being shipped from the Pampas and expert execution in the kitchen. 

On the side are chips of course, twice cooked in beef dripping, light golden, crisp and fluffy in all the right places. A rocket and parmesan salad is a fresh complement to the rich meat whilst mushrooms have been cooked in dripping too with chilli and thyme. 

Malbecs are revered at Gaucho and in the middle of this long country is Mendoza.  Vina Patricia Malbec 2014 comes from old vines in Gaucho’s own vineyard in the region.  It has oodles of oak, black cherry and bitter dark chocolate and slips down effortlessly. 

A Riesling with lots of lime flavour had been chosen to accompany my well balanced starter of ceviched Patagonian red prawns with pickled cucumber, salsa verde and crème fraiche.  Mr Bite enjoyed Gaucho’s own-brewed Pilsner with his empanadas. And before I forget, a well deserved shout out for fresh warm sourdough and vibrant chimichurri sauce (garlic, parsley and sherry vinegar). 

Dulce de leche cheesecake with a jug of salted caramel and chocolate fondant were decadent puddings, shamelessly devoured.

Out of all the new restaurants around St Andrew’s Square Gaucho is my favourite. From the small bar-come-reception at ground level you descend into a softly lit room with a relaxing ambience, seamless service and sparkling slim-stemmed glassware. So I am pleased that the restaurants have been rescued from administration . 

Some ‘Nuevo’ dishes, those prawns for example, have been added to the menu but for me Gaucho is about having a full-bodied, red-blooded night out.  
(S. Wilson) 

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