Calling all carnivores looking for an indulgent evening out! Gaucho in DIFC is a great place for a glamorous night out minus the kids. This is totally the kind of place you’d want to be spotted rocking your highest heels while sipping a glass of bubbly.
But first things first, this is a place that specialises in steak- Argentinian style to be precise. Vegetarians need not bother. It is not your average Steakhouse though, with the larger than life portions and doggy- bags- at- the- ready, although Gaucho offers a large selection of cuts prepared in numerous interesting ways. The restaurant itself has a kind of old school (think London 2005) cool vibe to it with high ceilings, dark fabrics, some animal prints and lots of smoky glass.
The entrance is one floor above the dining area and when hubby and I arrived a few weeks back for our dinner we were escorted down a glass elevator to the main dining area, which I have to say does get you kind of in the right mood. Can you imagine starting each morning off going down a dimly lit glass elevator? Yeah baby…
Once seated our mega-friendly (although too cute for date night) waitress told us about the specials. Isn’t it funny how you love hearing about them but hardly ever order one? Anyways, we decided to go for the Empanadas to start things off together with mama’s mandatory glass of bubbly. Empanadas are an Argentinian version of tapas (so we were told) and they were really REALLY good. We went for three different ones but our favorite was definitely the juicy, slow cooked chicken. Seriously yum! Once we were ready to take on the steak challenge we asked our waitress for some help. Good lord, were we spoiled for choice! Did she write a thesis on this stuff?
Being a mama who is known for not mincing her words, I quickly told her- “I like lean meat, as in fillet. No matter how much flavor there is, if it ain’t lean, I’m not going to love it.” Obviously not the ideal steak guest but she gently suggested I’d go for the “Lomo “cut, which is what they tend to call a good old fillet in Argentina. My slightly more adventurous husband went for the Rib-Eye (what is it with men and Rib-Eye?) and starry-eyed told me he was happy while ordering extra servings of the peppercorn sauce. I’m a French mustard kind of gal (I know, shoot me) but dipped my knife in his sauce and have to admit- it was darn good. To help the beef ease its way through our system we went for a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, which was a match made in heaven. Our side of grilled asparagus arrived hot and crispy and went really well with the steak – all perfect so far.
Ready to take on dessert we were introduced to the specials once again and surprised both our waitress and ourselves by actually ordering one of her suggestions. It was absolutely heavenly- imagine a Latin version of the classic ‘Eaton Mess’ with dulche de leche, cinnamon and ice cream. My waistline still suffers nightmares from it but what an amazing dessert it was. Stuffed and happy we paid the fairly hefty bill (this was date night after all) and jumped into a taxi.
We have been to Gaucho in other cities but have to say that we found the Dubai one the best so far – would definitely go back!
Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 422 7898