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Gaucho (Piccadilly)

I love steak. Once a month a group of friends and I visit a different steak restaurant around London, eat steak and chips and drink red wine. We have been doing this for the best part of 3 years and it is almost a religion for us.

We always look forward to it and last night was no exception. In fact rather than casting a critical eye on proceedings we tend to look for the best and have never had a genuinely bad experience. Until last night, that is.

This was our 5th visit to a Gaucho and as we were ushered downstairs I was genuinely excited about the prospect of another fine steak in what was an impressively lavish environment

Unfortunately last night's experience was closer to falling off a cliff onto a spike than steak nirvana. It would seem that the chef did not pay any attention to how we asked the steaks to be cooked and miraculously un-ordered vegetables appeared on our table.

8 steaks were returned to be cooked properly (should 50% of the meat in a medium rare steak actually be cold?) and one had as much gristle and fat as meat.

Reading these reviews, it would seem that this is not necessarily par for the course but none the less, 14 easily pleased customers walked away extremely unhappy last night.

And I havenít even mentioned the argument about the bill. (i have now though).

My advice: Go to a different Gaucho

By the way, they served what were probably the best chips I have eaten, only at no stage did I have both chips and steak at the same time as by the time my steak returned properly cooked, there were no chips left and by the time the chips came out again it had taken so lond I'd finished the steak...

Friday, October 26, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 3

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