As lockdown has eased here at EatDrinkYorkshire Towers we’ve been eagerly awaiting the re-opening of our favourite eateries. When we heard the news that Leeds Gaucho was back in business it therefore didn’t take us long to hot foot it down to Park Row to make up for lost time.
While the Covid-19 safety measures still take some getting used to (and Gaucho Leeds has certainly ensured it’s ticked all the boxes in regards to availability of hand sanitiser, Track & Trace, etc – view its new post-Covid-19 policy here) it was reassuring to see that the relaxed ambience of the restaurant hadn’t been adversely been affected and neither had the first rate service. So what about the food…?
With the promise of meat to come, for starters we opted for some fruits of the sea in the form of deliciously fresh Seared Diver Scallops (£15.50) – beautifully matched with creamy cauliflower puree, pickled cauliflower and morcilla crumb with oats – and Yellowfin Tiradito (£13.00), which came with toasted sesame seeds, nori, burnt lime dressing, pickled chillis and a smoked chipotle barbecue sauce that helped provide a delightful element of heat.
For the main event we went for the 300g Colito de Lomo (£35.00), a flavoursome spiral cut fillet tail that was the epitome of medium-rare. Absolutely spot on. So too was the side order of Tenderstem Broccoli (£6.00), beautifully seasoned with a chilli, crispy garlic and soy dressing.
Our other choice for main, Lamb Cutlets (£30.00), were again, as requested, perfectly pink. The trio of cutlets, all of which had been seared over fire with juniper and mustard seasoning, were elevated further in the flavour department with the addition of some delightfully piquant firecracker chimichurri.
Both dishes came with a hefty portion of chips seasoned with thyme salt.
Gaucho’s reputation has not only been built on the quality of its steak offering but also the wealth of its wine selection, backed up by knowledgeable staff that know its extensive wine list inside-out. Our waiter’s suggestion of the Arte de Argento (£29.99), a 2018 Malbec, proved to be a fitting choice. The bramble and blackberry notes, joined by traces of vanilla oak, plus the well balanced acidity on the finish made it the ideal wine companion for our evening.
We might have been deprived of Gaucho’s ware for far too long but it’s to the restaurant’s credit that there’s been absolutely zero drop-off in quality since our last visit, while the Covid-19 measures provided tremendous reassurance in these most challenging of times. The food was beyond divine and the service was impeccable. Most definitely worth the wait!