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  • Gaucho brunch – an absolute triumph!

    I was recently invited along to try out Gaucho’s brunch offering at their Newcastle restaurant. Think bottomless brunch but with a Latin twist, excellent food, flowing drinks and a great atmosphere, only available on the last Saturday of the month.

    Gaucho can be found on Market Street, Newcastle. The restaurant oozes sophistication with muted lighting, lavish velvet chairs and the bar is a spectacle in itself, even if you’re not partial to a wine or two. If anything, the opulent decor sets the tone for the meal you can expect.

    Angela, our waitress, was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the brunch menu and kept our drinks topped out throughout our visit. We couldn’t have asked for someone more attentive.

    Gaucho brunch Newcastle Hello Freckles review

    For £65pp you can enjoy up to 8 alcoholic drinks (or non alcoholic if you’re driving like me) unlimited starters for 45 minutes, a main course and a dessert. This is a little higher price wise, but compared to my (admittedly limited) bottomless brunch experience, it felt great value for money. Your booking lasts for 2 hours and the timing feels just right, you’re not rushed at all and can enjoy the Latin fiesta at your own pace.

    The drinks

    My sister sampled the chandon garden spritz and said it was fantastic. She later went on to enjoy glasses of domain chandon, an Argentine sparkling wine. If you’re going there for the full alcoholic brunch experience there’s plenty of choice to suit different tastes – the cocktails include citrus negroni, pornstar martini aperol spritz, apple fizz and the chandon garden spritz I mentioned. Plus you can have the sparkling wine, house red/white/rose or lager.

    The non alcoholic offering is a little cheaper at £50pp and I thoroughly enjoyed the rhubarb spritz (I think I maybe had 3 in total) and sampled the other options on the menu too – clean paloma (delightful!) wild idol sparkling rose – this was one of the ingredients in the rhubarb spritz too, punchy (peach, ginger and chai – this had a zing and warmth to it, but I found the rhubarb spritz to be the overall winner) There was also an alcohol free cider if that’s your tipple of choice. It didn’t feel like the non alcoholic experience was lacking in any way, the mocktails were full of flavour and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of choice.

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    The food!

    Now the food in one word – incredible. I’d been to parkrun that morning, then had a quick slice of toast while getting ready so I had already built quite the appetite. On arrival we were brought a selection of bread. Lucy has a gluten intolerance and Gaucho were very accommodating with this, bringing out some gluten free bread.

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    Unlimited starters for 45 mins

    We began with the Argentine sausage plate and burrata served with tomatoes and avocado on sourdough, the sourdough was substituted to gluten free again with no issue. These plates were promptly replaced with the superstraccia salad which is very light and easy to eat, the orange adds a nice zest and freshness. I sampled one empanada which was sweet potato and provolone- delicious. If it wasn’t for the fact I was ordering steak for main, I would’ve tried the beef too. Now, 45 minutes is a long time for free flowing starters and it’s a great idea to try a few different dishes on the menu to plan ahead for future visits, even better if you’re sharing too. I wonder what the maximum number of empanadas anyone’s eaten during brunch?

    The main event

    For our main courses we both ordered the Churrasco de Cuadril steak, spiral cut marinated in garlic, parsley and olive oil. Served with chips and chimichurri. This steak cut is a signature Gaucho dish and believe me, this melted in my mouth. It was so tender. I’d go back even just for this dish!

    There are other main course options – a brunch burger, steak and eggs or spaghetti romesco.

    Gaucho brunch Churrasco de Cuadril
    Gaucho brunch steak Hello Freckles
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    Don’t forget dessert

    By this point we were both very happily full of fantastic food, but we weren’t going to pass up the dessert options. There’s two choices here – chocolate brownie served with white chocolate ice cream or a mango, caramel and coconut flan. We had one of each. The chocolate brownie had the right amount of stodge and depth to it and the ice cream paired well. The mango dessert possibly just pipped the brownie, as this was refreshing and light.

    We left with full bellies and an unwavering desire to return to Gaucho to sample their main menu at a later date, maybe even their Sunday lunch.

    If you’re considering a visit to Gaucho; go. You’ll not regret it.

    I was invited along to Gaucho to review brunch. All photos and words are my own. I'd happily go back as a paying guest, it was fantastic.
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