El Gaucho

Restaurants, Argentinian Chelsea

Please note, El Gaucho is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, March 2016.

This Chelsea branch is one of two in El Gauchos in London - there's another down the road in South Ken. As the name suggests, it's all about Argentinean steakhouse fare, with vacuum packed cuts of Pampas beef imported every week.

And it's those steaks that prove most popular here. Various sizes of rump, rib-eye and sirloin are available on their own, 'a caballo' (topped with two fried eggs) or 'completo' (with two eggs, crispy bacon, grilled tomato and fries). The menu also features empanadas, provoleta, morcilla and tira de asado - grilled spare ribs of beef imported from Spain. 

Wine plays a prominent part, too. The (exclusively-Argentinean) list is heavy on the reds but whites also feature. Sangria, Pimm's and beers including Quilmes, Corona, San Miguel and Alhambra continue the Latin feel. 


Venue name: El Gaucho
Address: Chelsea Farmers' Market
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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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.