Restaurant Review: Gaucho, DIFC

08 May 2012

Come hungry to this Argentinean steakhouse!

Location: DIFC Podium Level, Gate Village 05
Tel: 04 422 7898
Dress code: Smart
Cuisine: Argentinean
Times: 11.30am to 11.30pm, daily
Price Range: $$$

Steak lovers, come hungry. Gaucho – much more than just another Argentinean steakhouse – is the place for you. The DIFC location has been open for less than a year, but some diners might know Gaucho from the locations in the UK favoured by celebs like One Direction’s Harry Styles and members of Kings of Leon. If so, you’ll appreciate that the Dubai version sticks to the same cowhide décor and indulgent menu. Steak is the obvious choice, and servers explain – with a tray of cuts in hand – which steak will melt in your mouth at rare temperatures. We had a taste of the bife de chorizo sirloin and the 500g spiral cut tira de ancho rib-eye – so tender that our knife seemed more like an accessory than a utensil!

The selection of beef, cheese and chicken empanadas was a memorable start to the meal, as was the salmon ceviche – with just enough chilli and lime to give it kick. Although it’s hard to imagine a table full of vegetarians heading to Gaucho, our waitress assured us it happens and that the shiitake risotto is always popular. Two things to leave room for pre- and post-dinner: the cheese rolls and the dulce de leche fondant. As they say in Buenos Aires, delicioso!

On the Menu

Selection of empanadas – beef with olives, red pepper, onion and aji molido; mozzarella and parmesan cheese with plum tomatoes; chicken with aji molido, basil, tomato and onion, Dhs44 for two.
Duck confit salad – duck with beetroot, potato, soft boiled egg, spring onion and lemon oil vinaigrette, Dhs50

Tira de ancho rib-eye – spiral cut, slow-grilled with chimichurri and delicately marbled throughout, Dhs280
Fillets of sea bream – pan fried with eggplant escabache, mango and chilli vinaigrette, Dhs150

Dulce de leche or chocolate fondant, Dhs40
Dessert sampler – semifreddo, rum and raisin bread pudding and chocolate and hazelnut truffles Dhs50