Gaucho captured the imagination of many with its modern, premium steak offering when it first opened in 1994. A trailblazing restaurant celebrated for its quality, it quickly became a destination in every neighbourhood it opened. Fast forward to today and Gaucho is looking towards the future, particularly how it can continue to be known as a destination for high quality, great steaks and provide a fantastic experience within all its sites, including Leeds, which is set to reopen on Thursday 21st October following a full refurbishment.
Out with the cowhide and dark colours, the new Leeds restaurant will instead be inspired by the modern spirit of real gauchos (Argentine cowboy/girls), the natural landscape the inhabit, and the Andes mountain ranges, bringing the outside in.
This will be visualised through warming tones, tactile materials and textured tiles. Elegant touches will be clear throughout, from brass detailing that will replace the cold chrome and the Art Deco inspired mirrors adorning the walls. Decorative folding screens alongside greenery and plants throughout, will all help to once again create a sophisticated dining destination that exudes relaxed, effortless glamour.
The restaurant will also now feature two spaces that can be transformed into private dining areas for those looking for a more intimate experience. In the spirit of our times, the new concept has been designed to be much more accessible to the modern consumer: plug sockets and superfast WiFi make this venue ideal for co-working during the day, and family- friendly menus ensure all ages are accommodated. Dogs are also welcome.
Alongside the journey, this October Gaucho is launching a new menu developed by Culinary Director, Mike Reid, whose career has included Le Gavroche and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London. Already strongly influenced by Argentine dishes, it reflects a shift in tone from traditional Argentine dishes to an offering that reflects modern Latin America, showcasing some of the region’s lesser known dishes.
The new additions to the menu will include: Swordfish Causita, spiced purple potato, roasted pepper and torrentes cream sauce; new ceviche dishes such as Tuna ceviche, with dulce de batata, sweet potato, chilli, tortilla, and Shrimp Ceviche, mojo rojo, avocado, arepa bread. Desserts will now include Alfojoras, an Argentine ice cream sandwich with coconut parfait and hot chocolate sauce.
As previous visitors will be delighted to hear, the best quality Argentine Beef will always remain at the very heart of Gaucho’s menu. Using only the highest quality, grass-fed beef that is hand-picked for its outstanding quality and aged during the shipping process from Argentina to the UK, it really is a cut above the rest.