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The Gaucho Canary restaurant is a chic and sophisticated establishment with a continental vibe. The menu offers Argentinean cuisine including an extensive selection of steaks which can be enjoyed on the riverside terrace in good weather.

Ranked #1823 of 5241 restaurants in London
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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

12:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 23:00

SAT

12:00 - 23:00

SUN

12:00 - 23:00

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By G.

The Gaucho Grill is a bit of a one trick pony, or cow...whichever suits best. Their trademark is quality Argentinian steaks, but if you're not a beef-lover this kind of leaves you out in the cold. The Gaucho Grill do do a small selection of not-steak dishes, but it's not a place to bring fussy eaters.


By Arran K.

It was last summer when we had lunch at Gaucho's Canary Wharf. The service was terrible, the waiter messed up the orders and too busy flirting, to pay proper attention to our needs. I thought that we should let it ride because of the great service we enjoyed in the past. Tonight we experienced the same poor level of service. 10 minutes before our drinks orders were taken. When I ordered Luigi Bosca Malbec, the waiter said that he would need to take wine list to check that he they had it in stock. When he served the wine he said that it was one of his favourites. How stupid does he think we are? If it were one of your favourites, then surely one would know whether or not it was in stock! The food was terrific! My partner had lomo fillet -medium rare- cooked to perfection with delicious Bearnaise sauce. I would highly recommend the spiral cut sirloin - marinaded with chorizo and herbs for 24 hours - Brilliant! After a great meal it took the staff 10 minutes to clear our table and a further 15 minutes to bring us the bill. After asking them twice! I like gauchos but the Canary Wharf branch is lagging behind in terms of service. I think I will probably be going to Chancery Lane, London Bridge or any number of the other branches before Canary Wharf. You really can't let the food carry you any longer!


By H M.

Food in Gaucho is always good so I won't put 1 star but god the service was terrible. Had to shout to get a waiter to take our order. Had to ask the waiter to take us through the menu so we could make sense of it. The plates looked like cheap Ikea plates. After a wonderful experience at Gaucho Richmond, I was hoping a similar experience but apparently the chain lacks consistency.


By GAELLE-MARIE P.

The worst gaucho grill ! Staffs are inattentive at best and quite rude most of the time. If you think you will get better service at the week-end, you will be disappointed. Went three times (at different time of the week) not once did I managed to get a steak that was still hot. Presumably because the fairly good looking staffs were too busy flirting with each other rather than wait the tables. Once, when I was 7 month pregnant I waited 20 minutes before they brought me a simple bottle of mineral water. It was w/e lunch time there were only two other tables as still quite early and I had to ask three time, at that point I was told by the waitress to 'chill-ax'. If you must go gaucho, take the the river boat (pick up a few meters aways) and go to the O2 were another gaucho grill will await you with the service you deserve the money you pay.


By Don L.

found the staff to be arrogant. rare rib eye steak was tough and sinewy, when a steak knife was requested to attempt to carve through the rubbery lump the reply was "our steak are tender we dont need steak knives" laughable.... over priced, unpleasent. stay away.


By Kent B.

Food and service were all fine until an issue arose with one of our party believing he was not getting the full measure of spirits in his drink.

The manager admitted he dropped back the measures on our drinks as he thought we were getting a little loud. That is all well and good except he kept charging us double measures. Things got a little heated and the manager could not hve been more rude and unprofessional. His attitude was we were obvisouly on the corporate card so just pay the bill.

I will never go to this particular Gaucho ever again and would urge patrons to be careful when ordering spirits.


By Will H.

Britain’s most Argentinean restaurant chain brings steak to the people – the rich, be-suited people who work in Canary Wharf.

The Venue
It can get very cold down by the river, particularly on the Isle of Dogs, which for about eight months of the year is like nothing more than a little island out in the North Sea. Luckily, everything about Gaucho is designed to warm: twinkling candles on the table, extravagant chandeliers, fake-fur seats, black ceiling and a large, buzzing central bar. There’s also a glass wall that overlooks the nearby Thames.

The Atmosphere
Such is the cunning of whoever decorated this restaurant, you could easily miss the fact that it’s a bit of a barn: impressive, then, that it feels so convivial. Much of that is down to the gentle buzz of a full restaurant of people – most of them men, most of them wearing suits – preparing to eat large cuts of steak. There’s also pop music, which could do with being turned down a few notches – if it’s not quite invasive, it’s getting there.

The Food
The restaurant trades on its Argentinean heritage, but there’s a more general South American theme at play here: take the Colombian cheese bread, for example (and you should, because it’s soft and moreish).

Then there’s the range of ceviches (popular across South America, but with roots in Peru). A good option is the selection of three (£17.50) - there are six to choose from in total. The Ecuadorian, which is marinated tiger prawns in a roasted tomato and lime sauce, is pleasant enough but it pales in comparison to Fire and Ice (lobster and shrimp cured in a lime, coconut and citrus sauce with red onion, jalapeno and coriander), which is rich and creamy but refeshing, or the light and spicy Merluza (hake, spring onion, apple, jalapeno and ginger with a white soy citrus sauce and coriander).

For those unwilling to delay the pleasure of meat, there’s veal sweatbreads (£14.50), which are crispy, tender and garlicky (a lot of garlic gets used at Gaucho). Garnished with lemon and a touch of chimichurri, it’s a delicious reproach to those sensitive types who refuse to touch offal.

The centrepiece of the Gaucho experience, though, is the steak: servied medium, the Bife Ancho (rib-eye, £19 for 400g) is juicy, yielding and oozes redness across the plate. If you can, try and resist gobbling it in two minutes: as the steak cools, it relaxes and becomes far more tender.

There’s also a range of steaks marinated in a garlicky, herb-laden sauce: the Bife de Chorizo (£16, sirloin, 300g) is tender and the flavours work together beautifully. Really, if you like beef and garlic, then Gaucho Grill is hog-heaven. Sides include thin chips and spinach cooked with, you guessed it, garlic. There’s also a choice of sauces of which the Bearnaise (tangy and tarragon-laden) and chipotle (smoky and sweet) are recommended.

For those who can manage pudding, there’s a fair range. Don Pedro (£6.20) – ice cream whipped with whiskey – is like the best Mr Whippy you’ve ever had: rich, creamy and unctious. Churros (£5.25) are cigar-shaped doughnuts served with melted chocolate. They’re sugar-crisp to the bite but soft on the inside.

The Drink
The wine list is a fantastic advertisment for the range of wine, most of it red, produced in Argentina today. Malbec is king here, but there’s Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a host of others too. Gaucho have their own wine label, Terruno, and a glass of the Merlot/Malbec blend (£5.65) is a perfect accompaniment to steak: it’s rich and laden with redcurrant jelly flavour. For those who prefer white wine, the Norton Sauvignon Blanc (£4.75) is reliably sharp and fruity.

Cocktails seem to be de rigeur for any restaurant these days, and Gaucho refuses to be an exception: the Brisa de Buenos Aires (£8.25) is like a fancy Pina Colada, with pineapple dominating the flavour. If you like sweet wine with your pudding, the Luigi Bosca late harvest Traminer (£7) is sugary and fresh.

The Last Word
Gaucho isn’t cheap, but if it’s good quality steak you’re after (and you don’t mind garlic), this is this place to come.

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