Recently we had the Gaucho Sunday Roast at their Leeds restaurant. It was one of the best Sunday Roast’s I’ve ever had. Seriously!
I like to think of myself as a bit of a connoisseur of Sunday Roasts…I worship at the alter of the Yorkshire Pudding and could quite happily eat a Sunday Dinner, well…not just on a Sunday…pretty much every day of the week. I guess you can tell I was born and bred in Yorkshire. I’ve also been very spoilt by having friends like Paul & Thea who do an outstanding roast. To say that the Gaucho Sunday Roast was on par with theirs is very high praise indeed, trust me!
I’d never been to Gaucho in Leeds before, so it was a new experience for us. I’d heard very good things about their wines, but didn’t know that they even did a Sunday Roast until we were invited along to review it. We arrived to an abundance of cow hide. It’s a veggie’s nightmare! The atmosphere is dark and moody…you know you’re there for a ‘posh meal’. It’s most definitely not Toby Carvery.
Our lovely, and very knowledgeable, waitress talked us through the different cuts of beef and how best to cook them. Sirloin, for example, should be cooked at medium rare and below (cooked less). We were having rib eye beef, which apparently we should be medium rare or above, she recommended medium. I’d usually go with medium rare, but I wasn’t going to argue with the expert, so we went for medium.
All Gaucho’s beef comes from Argentina.
Only cattle that feed on the rich Pampas of carefully selected farms qualify.
Gaucho says this ensures that their beef is unparalleled.
Wine & Starters
All Gaucho’s wines from Argentina and they have a pretty amazing wine menu…or I should say menus, plural. They have a fine and rare wine menu, which some bottles of wine are in the £200 ish area.
We ordered from the ‘normal’ wine menu, we started with a glass of the lovely but light Los Lirios. A very drinkable wine with a beautiful fragrance.
Bright red colour with violet, shimmering and incredibly deep saturation. Very fruity on the nose with ripe plums, black cherries, cassis and roasted chocolate. Well bodied, fine tannins and powerful with good length.
Good length?! I love wine labels…
We tucked into their breads at this point. I had told myself I wasn’t going to try the bread as I wanted to leave maximum room for the Sunday Roast…however, when the breads arrived with some gorgeous butter, salt/pepper and salsa/oil, I succumbed. You would too, don’t lie.
Next up was the starters. I chose the Pan Fried Mackerel with potato salad and horseradish dressing. It was good, not amazing…but good. I’d maybe say the potato salad needed a little more seasoning.
The husband had the Beef and Olive Chorizo with Confit Peppers and Pickled Red Onion. The sausage was beautifully cooked and very tasty. The peppers and onions was a little bland, he thought that maybe the sausage would be better with something a little more tart.
More wine please.
I knew that Gaucho had a very good reputation for their Malbecs, so we went for their recommendation of the Loro. Only 7,000 of these bottles were ever made…and for me, that’s a real shame….because it was so so good! It was a strong one (14.5%), it’s a wonder I didn’t fall asleep or get a massive hangover (good quality wine, no hangover at all). There were no flowery descriptions on the wine bottle to amuse you with, but I will tell you the husband described it as
A woosh of Caramac right up your nose!
Gaucho Sunday Roast
OK, onto the main attraction, the Gaucho Sunday Roast! They do offer other options than beef, but we couldn’t stray away from the classic.
The carrots and french beans were cooked perfectly, al dente. The beef was cooked medium, like I said before, but actually felt more like medium rare.
The cauliflower was roasted then glazed, over and over again, with butter in a pan. Tremendous. I usually eat cauliflower because I think I should, this time I genuinely loved it.
The husband isn’t usually a massive fan of roasties, he prefers boiled potatoes (I know! I can’t even…), however even he loved them. They were cooked perfectly. Crispy but not fatty. They didn’t feel like a mouthful of grease and were beautifully fluffy on the inside.
The gravy was very tasty and the Yorkshire puddings, were perfect…cooked in beef dripping I think. For once I didn’t ask for an extra one, only because the beef was so so good that I felt I didn’t need to compensate.
After that, we’d be forgiven for not going for a dessert…but, well, I’m greedy. What can I say.
I chose a Rhubarb Fool with poached rhubarb and shortbread. Lovely and creamy.
He went for the chocolate profiteroles with chocolate sauce. They looked beautiful, but the actual profiteroles were too crispy, not soft at all, which was a shame.
Other general comments about having the Gaucho Sunday Roast were that the service was faultless throughout (it always is if you’re a blogger reviewing, granted…but I did observe the same with other tables). The music was good..it was funky, but not intrusive. I wanted their playlist!
In summary, Gaucho is the perfect place for a special occasion Sunday Roast…a birthday, anniversary, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day…or maybe just because you want to treat yourself just because! It’s not cheap, like I said, it’s not the Toby Carvery…but it’s bloody worth it. I can’t wait to go back.
* Thank you to Gaucho for providing this meal free of charge for review purposes. My opinions were not affected by this…I would not hesitate to recommend splashing out on a luxury Gaucho Sunday Roast.