Let me start by saying that this is not a restaurant you would visit every week (unless you’ve got extremely deep pockets!) However, for a special occasion it is ideal. When I moved to North Greenwich and was looking for a venue for a celebratory meal, Gaucho at the 02 immediately jumped out! I’m a huge fan of steak and my expectations were through the roof after hearing excellent things from friends.

The 02 arena may not appeal as a particularly good location for a relaxing stress-free evening but as soon as you step through the doors into Gaucho’s famously dim lit interior any sense of apprehension will fade away! The staff are very friendly and attentive without being overbearing (annoying staff = a sure fire way to put a dampener on the evening!)

Our waiter thoroughly explained the different cuts of meat available and guided us through the wine list. As we were celebrating we had a bottle of champagne, Chateaubriand to share (medium rare), fries and a side salad. Being a bit of steak snob I was concerned that the food would be disappointing…there was absolutely NO need to worry! The food and drinks were delicious – the best steak I have ever eaten (big claim, but warranted here). Succulent and full of flavour, the meat was cooked to perfection.

Not content with stopping there we also had the “dessert sampler” – a trio of mini seasonal desserts. I particularly liked the chocolate mousse so I hope that features as one of the delights if you happen to visit!

The entire evening was brilliant – a great mix of fun, fabulous service and fine dining! Funds allowing, I will be returning!

Gaucho (02) – speedy summary:

Grub for your gravy ****

Calibre of cuisine *****

Vibrant vibes ****

Top treatment ****

Diva direction – Special occasions/feeling flush/someone else paying 😉


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