My favourite steaks are Argentine ones, and Gaucho in Swallow Street serves some very fine ones. I began with the empanadas, looking like small Cornish pasties, choosing ham and cheese filling. Completely delicious. A couple of my companions tried the grilled palmetto and shrimp salad, and one of us had the yerba smoked beef, described as “sliced lomo flavoured with mate and chimichurri.”
Then the steak. They bring you a tray of raw ones to explain the properties of each cut and the taste. I chose a churrasco (spiral cut) sirloin with mushrooms, done medium rare. It was excellent, full of flavour, as Argentine steaks invariably are.
The wine to go with this was Familia Schroeder, a pinot noir from Patagonia in Argentina (it seemed only right). It was dark and fruity, and full of lingering complexity.