El Gaucho. Enough said.
For the last day of Seattle Restaurant Week, my dad & I went to El Gaucho in downtown Seattle. I had never been to any of their locations, but have always heard of their amazing food and dining experience.
That was the first thing I noticed when I arrived. El Gaucho wasn’t just a restaurant; it was an entire dining experience.
The restaurant was a full house, with a lot of servers and staff that was to the diner’s benefit. Our server provided great course recommendations, engaged in conversation, and I could barely take a sip out of my water glass without it being refilled!
Restaurants participating in Seattle Restaurant Week offer a three-course dinner menu for $30. El Gaucho offered a variety of plates highlighting their steaks and appealing to a variety of palettes. As a vegetarian, I sadly could not try their specialty, but had many options and dined very well.
My dad ordered the following three course-dinner with a wine pairing. For $15 you could sip on a 3 oz glass of wine paired perfectly with the plate.
Wicked Shrimp: spicy white wine butter sauce and grilled crostini
Tenderloin Medallions: béarnaise sauce and crimini mushrooms
Banana Bread Pudding: crème angalise
Insane Truffle Soup: black truffles, wild mushrooms, and cream
Truffle Linguini: black truffles, mushroom jus, spinach and reggiano
Chocolate Bourbon Cake: pecans and vanilla ice cream
I was on a truffle kick, but it was amazing! I’m a huge soup fan and their Insane Truffle Soup was perfectly thick and had great flavor. The Truffle Linguini was by far my favorite course of the night. Combining all of the components in one bite exploded with flavor. There have been a limited number of distinct food moments in my life where I have fallen in love with a sauce and this was one of them (the others in Seattle were a porcini mushroom crème sauce over their cheese ravioli at the Buenos Aires Grill and the other was a butter sage sauce over incredible homemade ravioli at Restaurant Doria).
The first two courses were so delicious that they overshadowed the dessert. Both desserts were good (the ice cream with the still-warm chocolate cake melted in your mouth), but I left dinner talking about the soup & linguini not the dessert.
Overall, my first trip to El Gaucho was long overdue and getting to eat at such a unique, friendly and delicious restaurant for only $30 per person was incredible. Well worth the money. Unfortunately you’ll have to shell out more for your next visit since Restaurant Week is over and the next one will be held in October. This was the first year El Gaucho participated in Restaurant Week, so I hope they found it just as beneficial so that they will continue to participate!
Want to try some of El Gaucho’s specialties at home? They have Recipes and Tutorials for a Caesar Salad, Peppercorn Sauce, El Gaucho Wicked Shrimp and Chateaubriand Cliff Sauce on their website!
Until next time,