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Emerging from a financial rescue package (that has seen the owner of M Restaurants, and former Gaucho CEO, Martin Williams, return to the helm), this moodily decorated Argentinian steakhouse chain still somewhat divides reporters. Prime Latino cuts feature alongside a “well-curated” South American wine list, and even despite its difficulties, detractors don’t say the food is dire, merely that the experience can appear “dull” given the “eye-watering bills”. Better reports overall, though, do suggest some return to form, with a greater proportion of diners once again inclined to find it “good fun” and “expensive for a reason”. Top Tip – look out for their bottomless ‘beef & bottle’ deals.
Steaks are “perfectly nice” but prices are “silly” at this glossy, “dimly lit” Argentinian steak house chain (whose Latino wine list is also a feature) – perhaps explaining why it went into administration in summer 2018. Under a rescue package that saw sibling brand Cau shut down, former CEO Martin Williams (who left in 2014 to set up M Restaurants) is returning to the helm. As of September 2018, it remains to be seen how many of the 12 London venues will stay open.
As “a place to impress”, especially on business, these well-known Argentinian steak houses are still well-recommended by some reporters for their “fine steaks” and “fabulous South American wines”. Even fans can find the bill “noticeably painful” however, particularly given the “indifferent” service, and critics feel the overall offering is “bland” and “outrageously overpriced”.
“It used to be so good, what happened?” London’s first upscale contemporary steak-house chain still wins praise for its “pretty fine Argentinian meat”, and “wonderful” Latino wines, but its glitzy (sometimes “very loud and very dark”) branches have increasingly “lost their charm”. “Stratospheric” prices are the main issue, and “with so many good steak options at all levels these days, it’s hard to see where Gaucho fits in”.
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