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Published August 10th 2020
Where To Eat The Best Steak In Birmingham
If you have been missing a big juicy steak cooked to perfection during lockdown restrictions, then the re-opening of Argentinian restaurant Gaucho will whet your appetite.
Steak is Gaucho's forte
Just off Colmore Row, near the Cathedral, you find decadent Gaucho with its small doorway that leads out into an expansive, chandelier-lit restaurant serving some of the best steaks in the world.
It can't help but impress with its natural classy tones inspired by Argentina's forests and the swift service by the attentive waiting staff only goes to reinforce that.
The glamorous dining room in Birmingham city centre has reduced its number of tables by over half in order to give diners more space - at least 2 metres between tables - making it feel safer than many restaurants. There's the addition of hand sanitisers around the room too.
If you want to visit at a quieter time to avoid being around other people, that seems to be Thursdays at the moment. While Sundays boast the Electro brunch with a younger, vibrant feel or a chance to have the roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings and unlimited Yorkshire puddings for £20 per person.
Plenty of space between diners at Gaucho Birmingham
Sunday also has the beef and bottle deal from £60 each that includes free-flowing red, white and rose wine, a steak menu with various cuts of meat, unlimited chips and chimichurri sauce. Not one for the faint-hearted!
Steak is Gaucho's forte and on request, the waiting staff will explain the different kinds of steak on offer with a board of raw meats to highlight which is suitable to various tastes.
From ribeye to chorizo, rump to tira de ancho, they have the all steaks covered. They start from £18 for a 225g rump to £63.50 for a 800g tira de ancho. Everything is cooked to your taste and feels fresh, tender, juicy and flavoursome. Just delicious.
They come with fries or salad but there's plenty of side and sauce options from Argentinian Chimichurri sauce, fragrant with garlic, onion and spices, to blue cheese hollandaise and smoked chipotle bbq. Sides are £5 each and include king oyster mushrooms, spinach with garlic and lemon, mac and cheese and various seasonal vegetable selections.
For those not so keen on steak, there are other options and even vegetarian ones too. Potato rosti with burnt cauliflower ad raisin dressing or wild mushroom tagliatelle for instance (from £16.50). Fish-wise there is a half lemon sole (£20) or more meat in the shape of lamb cutlets that have been cooked over fire with juniper and mustard seasoning to enhance the flavour (£30).
There's even the good old fashioned beef burger (£16.50) and a spatchcock chicken with a lime and tomatillo salsa (£18).
Dazzled by the steaks, I feel like I have run straight through to the main act and need to backstep to the starters. There's a plentiful choice for these too.
The big sausage platter is a good sharer with a skewer of spicy sausages, morcilla and black pudding along with larger chorizo sausages and a romesco sauce. Great for dipping and packed with flavour, Gaucho really knows its meat.
There's the taste of South America among the many starters with Empanadas (£5 each), Burrata (£11.50) or yellowfin tiradito (£13).
Not only is the food a tough choice but also selecting from the extensive wine list. The Argentinian reds are world-renowned and Gaucho has its own vineyard in the Mendoza region of Lujan de Cuyo that produces its Vina Patricia malbec wines. Mellow and full-bodied, I definitely recommend selecting a bottle from the menu if you want a wine of distinction (£60) or for a special occasion. But there's a wide range of other brand options, all good ones too, that start at £29.50 a bottle.
Along with its wide range of fine wines and Champagnes, it's also become known for its signature cocktails. They prove a tempting way to start off a meal with options like Rhubarb Blush of vodka with Chambord or Elder 75 with gin, elderflower liquor and sparkling Argentinian wine (from £9 each).
Stylish cocktails to sip in sophisticated surroundings
If you have saved room for dessert, there's some sweet treats to conclude your meal. For those who have been to Argentina, they will recognise Dolce de Leche as the gooey spoon-licking delicious sauce sold in jars as a national delight.
Gaucho has used this famous sauce as the basis for a dulce de leche cheesecake. Sweet, gooey, toffee-like moorishness.
Then there are other fine choices from. A sweet, warm sticky toffee pudding and Argentinian creamy ice creams.
Dolche de leche cheesecake is a sweet finale to a meal
Alternatively, wrap up the meal with a dessert cocktail - just as intricate and sweet an offering.
Whatever you choose, you're assured to leave Gaucho feeling satisfied and well-fed from some of the finest ingredients from South America and even in the world. Something to savour in these times when venturing further than your region or out the UK is near impossible for many of us.
Sunday - Thursday: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday - Friday: 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Reserve a table at the Gaucho website.