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Gaucho
4a, St Andrews Square,
Edinburgh,
City of Edinburgh,
EH2 2BD
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

Eggs Royale.
A DJ.
An Argentinian leitmotif. 
Dark, classy decor.

Four ingredients that may not be obviously linked. Yet, when it comes to Gaucho, the four are intrinsically combined, mixed together to add Argentinian flair to St Andrew’s Square.

The restaurant may already be familiar to Londoners: its steaks are served across the city (The 02, Charlotte Street, Tower Bridge). For those in the Scottish capital, however, Gaucho opened at its prestigious Edinburgh address in November 2017. 

And, while Gaucho may be known for its fillet, it’s now making inroads into the brunch market. 

But this is no ordinary brunch. Take its name, for starters: Electro. 

Read: dance music.

The DJ over by the bar subtly but controversially plays background beats. This goes against the usual muted late-breakfast feel you’d expect. But here, it works. It ties in well with a boozy girls’ brunch, a morning out sans the traditional tea. 

The menu itself is another twist (you can review the Electro brunch menu online by clicking here). I’d had a squiz at what to expect beforehand and already decided on smashed avo on toast. (It’s one of my favourites, okay?) But this isn’t dubbed a feast for nothing: the food, I was pleasantly surprised to discover, is unlimited. Bring me all the avo!

The sizes are manageable, too. I was initially expecting a single but decent-sized serving; this was more of a sophisticated, served-to-your-table-with-style buffet. You can try absolutely everything, twice, if you have the space.

The Argentinian theme is woven into the subtle twists on classics. Alongside the eggs royale is the Gaucho benedict: same same but with salted beef (it’s delicious). There’s also a baked provoleta, for instance – a delicious mix of caramelised onions, oregano, aji molido (ground red pepper) and sourdough toast.

A third – and for space purposes, final – element is the timing of Gaucho’s Electro brunch: Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. If you fancy endless choripan sandwiches and smashed avo breakfast at 3pm, this is your venue.

Included in the £39.95 price are four drinks of your choosing, tying in to a lovely boozy brunch vibe: sparkling Argentinian wine, bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz. If you’d prefer four premium drinks – pornstar or espresso martinis, Chandon rosé – it’s £49.95 per person. 

We say: the smashed avo and sparkling wine and electro beats means it’s well worth it. Bring us that avocado.

Random fact: a gaucho is a nomadic South American horseman, similar to a cowboy.

 

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