The restaurant scene in Liverpool just got a whole lot meatier with the opening of two of the UK’s most successful steak restaurant brands. However, it’s Gaucho with its 100% carbon neutral beef and location in the stunning historical Grade II listed former Bank of Liverpool building, along with some incredible fundraising, that’s been causing a real stir amongst the city’s carnivores.
The Argentinian-inspired restaurant opened its doors at the end of November on Water Street following a seven-figure investment and is Gaucho’s largest restaurant outside of London, offering sophisticated interiors, all-day dining, Sunday roasts, immersive experiences at the Beef Bar and late-night cocktails. Cementing its position within the local community, the restaurant raised over £45K in its first week of opening for the Marina Dalglish Appeal that helps improve the lives of those fighting cancer and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
A Cut Above the Rest
First and foremost a steak restaurant, Gaucho showcases Argentinian flavours throughout its extensive menu, using only 100% carbon neutral beef, as part of the brand’s roadmap to ultimately becoming net zero.
With the menu overseen by Executive Chef Mike Reid, starters include shrimp ceviche with picante rojo, avocado and arepa bread; tuna tiradito with coconut milk dressing, lime and plantain crisp; and empanadas filled with your choice of beef, sweet potato and provolone, or chicken and chorizo.
Gaucho’s impeccably sourced sustainable steaks are the stars of the show. Choose your cut from the day’s top picks brought to your table and talked through by the expert team with a flavour and texture profile on each provided, as well as chef’s recommendation for the perfect serve. Options include the likes of delicately marbled ribeye; a tender yet succulent sirloin; or super lean fillet. For a flavour sensation, the speciality churrasco steaks see the meat spiral cut and marinated with garlic, parsley and olive oil whilst the showstopping chateaubriand is perfect for sharing. For those struggling to choose, the Gaucho Sampler provides diners with four different cuts. Each steak is served with your choice of sauce, from firecracker chimichurri and blue cheese through to bearnaise and peppercorn.
Other mains on offer include a whole grilled seabass served simply with olive oil, lemon and herbs; a marinated pork matambre with Malbec jam; and black truffle stuffed gnocchi with kale and chestnut pesto, sauteed porcini mushrooms, cream and parmesan.
Beef Bar Experience
For an interactive dining experience, pull up a stool at the eight-seater counter-top beef bar and dine from the Argentine beef tasting menu, featuring dishes such as the Cuadril Carpaccio, Lomo Tiraditos, Chorizo Tartare, and a selection of the finest steak cuts whilst watching the chef prepare each to your taste. For those seeking a truly interactive experience, diners can cook their own steaks on individual hot stones.
Gaucho Lates & Sunday Sessions
Not to be missed, head to Gaucho every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for serious late night party vibes. Kicking off from 8pm, enjoy vibrant entertainment, live music and DJs bringing the best beats, all inspired by the culture of modern Argentina.
Come Sunday, it’s all about the Bottomless Roast. Whilst the beef changes, dependent on the best cuts available, what is guaranteed is perfectly pink meat with crisp roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding, glazed vegetables and lashing of gravy, and the food will keep on coming until you say so. Available noon – 3pm / £36 per person.
A global drinks list
Boasting one of the largest selections of Argentinian wines outside of the country itself, Gaucho’s drinks list has a pour for every palate. With an array of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines on offer, if South American wine isn’t your style there are picks from across the globe too, with the option for a guided tasting with one of the expert team members.
Cocktails are truly creative with a list of classic and signature choices showcasing innovative and complex flavour combinations.
As you arrive at Gaucho Liverpool, you’ll be greeted by the two famous tiger heads on the exterior doors, said to bring good luck to those who rub the teeth of the figures. Inside, the design takes inspiration from the passion-fuelled tango clubs that bring the streets of Buenos Aires to life each night, with touches of faded glamour and layering of South American details throughout. Statement features further lend to the drama, with a central island bar, striking burnt orange marble pillars, and high ceilings with intricate detailing. A warm colour palette of reds, oranges, and earthy tones is offset with touches of gold detailing and pops of foliage, with an inviting yet exclusive feel.
Providing an ultra-stylish location for any manner of event, Gaucho Liverpool is home to two private dining rooms, both named for the building’s former occupants. The Manager’s Office is an intimate space for up to 10, whilst The Boardroom can accommodate up to 18. Take your pick from a wide range of event menus, from canapes to sharing plates and group feasting menus.
7 Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RD
0151 702 9000
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