Gaucho Smithfield

Restaurants, Argentinian Farringdon
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Gaucho Smithfield

With its cowhide-and-bling interiors, sleek service, expense-account pricing and reputation for out-of-this-world meat, there was a touch of shock and awe about the Gaucho chain’s rapid expansion across the capital. But with the acclaimed Goodman and Hawksmoor steakhouses more recently championing US and UK cattle, Londoners no longer buy quite so readily into the Argie steak legend. Certainly, our most recent visit had shortcomings. That we ordered bife de chorizo (sirloin) medium rare and it arrived with barely a trace of pink was only one failing: it simply didn’t have the expected depths of flavour. Argentinian classics such as chorizo sausage and grilled provolone cheese feature among the starters, but there’s plenty of ceviche too. A smart move: the citrus-cooked fish (more associated with Peru or Ecudaor) offers a light foil to the beef-heavy mains section. A shrimp causita was fresh and zingy, but lacked the kick our waiter said the leche de tigre (‘tiger’s milk’ – ceviche marinade) would bring. Chips were adequate, but a mixed salad was oversalted, with under-ripe tomatoes and none of the promised olives. The exclusively Argentinian wine list includes a ‘fine and rare’ section, but even the regular list will make you gasp at the prices – the cheapest bottles nudge £30. Gaucho needs to woo us all over again.



Venue name: Gaucho Smithfield
Address: 93A Charterhouse Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Price: Main courses £15.50-£96.60
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These guys are known for their tasting sessions and it's no surprise, it really is a lovely venue for a Gin tasting session. The setting is dark and sultrily but the room is beautifully decorated with close attention to detail, especially in the bathrooms. The chairs were incredibly comfy – handy as we ended up spending hours drinking gin – the actual tasting itself was fun. Having been greeted with a Gin Mere G&T the evening preceded with an information session about Gin Mere before we went on the sample the gin, a fruity cocktail and were showed how to make a Dirty Martini. Once the session had finished we were encouraged to stay and chill with another cocktail rather than be ushered out of the door which made for a lovely Monday evening. I will say though that the food leaving the kitchen looked exceptional, I will most certainly be back to sample the menu!


What a fantastic evening at Gaucho, these guys bring you fantastic tasting sessions from, wine to gin or tequila. Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Ginmare tasting. An epic experience with knowledgeable barmen who created epic Martini's, decadent cocktails with a peril, strawberries and ginmare gin. The gin and tonic with mango and pepper was unique and creative. They also have an amazing selection of well hung steaks, epic wines and fantastic ambiance.


When the soho powercut hit on Friday night our reservation for 16 at Bob Bob Ricard for a friend's birthday was cancelled and, gathering grumpily at a bar in Kings cross, we thought our night was doomed. We rang around and were surprised to find a private room for our large group was available and free of an extra charge at Gaucho in Farringdon - with half an hour's notice - so this is definitely one to keep in your back pocket for spontaneous fine dining! The staff were really attentive when we arrived and kindly patient (we are a roudy bunch) so we were soon drinking champagne and forgetting all about the stresses of the evening! The food was good, but not overly special I have to say - although I did have a vegetarian dish, which to be fair to them is not their forte. I do find chain restaurant's fabulousness gets diluted with each new opening as they are no longer unique or rare. Still the night was saved and having the room to ourselves made this an extra special evening.

Excellent service and great food. My steak was cooked to perfection although my wife's was slightly over. A very nice experience but not without it's bad points. Pricing the meat by weight seems a little miserly at this level, I am paying for the service & knowledge, not the produce (at least I thought that beforehand!), I was still hungry afterwards. Side dishes were average and overpriced, we had roast mushrooms and cauliflower cheese. Wine choice was huge. 

As someone who genuinely enjoys good steaks, I have tried out many of the better steak restaurants in London, including most of the Gaucho chain. I have also had the pleasure of enjoying some excellent steaks in Argentina. So what of Gaucho Smithfield. Well, I have been to one or two places where I have had a better steak, but they are truly the exception, and on a second visit to one of these restaurants I was horribly disappointed. Quality and consistency is where Gaucho really delivers compared to many other steak specialists. I have used this Smithfield branch often, and have never had a steak that was less than excellent. My husband and I like our steaks cooked differently, and this is one of the few restaurants where we both get what we want, every time. The Argentine wines are also excellent and the staff genuinely seem to relish providing an outstanding service and ensuring that you enjoy your whole dining experience. So why not five stars? Well, the prices are steep, even if they may be justified, the bathrooms are always just that bit too dark, and personally the music at Smithfield could be a little more relaxed. But they are minor gripes. This is a firm favourite for me.