El Gaucho

  • Restaurants
  • Argentinian (traditional)
Chelsea
Although roofed, El Gaucho is a small shed of a restaurant with a ranch-like feel and fresh air rushing through an open door. You can hear, and smell, the meat sizzling, there’s lively banter among the staff, and you sit on benches: cramped when it gets busy. Beef, sourced in Argentina, is buttery-soft to the knife and full of flavour. There are ribeyes, sirloins, rumps and fillets, but the churrasco (slimmer, flash-grilled and juicy) is a great lunch option. Try it ‘a caballo’ (‘horse-style’) with two fried eggs. It’s delicious, the blood and yolk swirling into an oily dip ideal for the cobs of white bread. Milanesas (breaded escalopes) and lamb chops are also available, but don’t compare with the steaks for tastiness or tenderness. Salads are basic – as they should be – and there are some drippingly succulent meat empanadas. The wine list features blends as well as malbec and merlot; one blend uses tannat grapes from Uruguay, which have a tannic, woody quality ideal for meaty meals. Flan (crème caramel) is best among the limited (and rather listless) desserts. On sunny days a few tables are placed outside. Come at noon to bag one.
Venue name: El Gaucho
Contact:
Address: Chelsea Farmers' Market
London
SW3 6NR
Cross street: 125 Sydney Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-7pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £11.90-£16.90.
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Jane Smith

Nice enough, was eating on a special offer for two and perhaps the management had brought in special low cost steaks as the famed Argentinian beef flavour was a bit lacking. Half the order was seasoned and s cooked well as requested. The other half of the order was tough, flavourless, dry and over cooked. House wine acceptable and inoffensive, mixed salad crisp and nicely offsetting unremarkable chips. Home made Chimichurry sauce was the star, bay and oregano herd and oily rich. Service was also half and half: an initial greeting brusque alsomost to the point of surly, but later attentions pleasant. A bit disappointing and not in a hurry to rush back especially as the small size and lack of air con meant we took the chip fat smell home with us, for a sense memory too far.