The Gaucho Grill

All too often these days, dining out involves indulging a chef's desire to prove his Skills, With coulis and JUS littering the plate and confusing the palate. The Gaucho Grill, on the other hand, takes the opposite tack and selects high quality ingredients, then leaves well alone a policy that has proved popular vvith Glasgow’s gourmands.

Put simply, the restaurant is all about meat. Fresh from the farm, sides of Argentine beef are flown over daily and remain untouched until a patron places their order, when they are butchered on the premises. This means that you can stick to the steaks offered on the menu, or select something more substantial With greedier customers plumping for 1200 gram steaks. The fillets are then cooked on an adapted form of the traditional assado grill, which is designed to retain as much of the meat’s fats and flavours as pOSSible, keeping interference to a minimum. What's more, if a customer so desires, they can follow the whole process from butchers’ block to plate, thanks to a fully open kitchen.

The remainder of the menu takes its cue from this near-reverential attitude to ingredients and, aside from a lonely Vegetable Cous Cous, caters for the meat eater and seafood fan featuring dishes such as Calf's Liver and Lomo & Lobster Tail ~ all prepared on the assado.

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