Electro Brunch Feast at Gaucho, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
I love brunch. When living in the States, it was a staple in my calendar. New York is big on bottomless brunches and I've definitely been missing it on returning to Edinburgh. Thankfully, the Argentinian restaurant, Gaucho, is on hand to help with that. Their Electro Brunch Feast is not one to be missed with bottomless food dishes and 4 drinks for £39.95. They recently invited me down to try it out and I was more than happy to oblige.  This is no ordinary brunch menu, with delicious steak and churros. Available on Saturdays between 11am and 4pm it's a fantastic bit of luxury to start the weekend off right.

Gaucho is located in St Andrews Square. This is a fantastic area and very up and coming at the moment. It's close to both the train and bus stations and is also located close to Princes Street if you want to go shopping before/after. On arrival, you'll find yourself in their upstairs bar area. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, offering me drinks whilst I waited up here for my friend. When we were taken downstairs to be seated, it was like stepping down into a tranquil getaway. With wonderful lighting and sleek furniture, the dining room feels instantly calming.

My plus one was the lovely Theona, who you may remember lived with me in America. We're big Aperol spritz fans, so we were very happy to see them on the menu. For drinks, you can choose between an Aperol sprtiz, a bloody Mary, a Pilsner, sparkling wine or fruit juice. The spritzes were fantastic, and served with paper straws. We were more than happy to sip away at them as we perused the food menu.

The first dish we ordered was the steak and eggs. 180g of rump steak and a beautifully fried egg, sunny side up. The waiter recommended either medium rare or medium, we were all too happy to go with medium rare. The steak was delicious, incredibly cooked and well seasoned. Gaucho is known for its fantastic steaks so we knew we were in for a good one. This was so good that we actually ordered another! That's the benefit of a bottomless brunch I guess!

The menu is definitely meat heavy, but we broke that up a little with the baked provoleta. A baked cheese dish packed with caramelised onions and spices. With sourdough toast perfect for dunking. This dish reminded us of a grown-up, spicy cheese on toast. It was warm and comforting. Something a little unusual and not something I've ever seen on a brunch menu before.

Moving onto our second round of food, we went in the direction of the classic brunch dish. Eggs Benedict! Theona ordered their Gaucho edition, which came with Gaucho salt beef and I went for Eggs Royale, topped with smoked salmon. The poached eggs were perfect and had that lovely, oozy egg yolk. This, to me, is really the ultimate brunch dish and they pulled it out of the bag.

For our last order of savoury food, we ordered the aforementioned 2nd steak and eggs and some avocado on toast. Because, what is two girls in their twenties having brunch without avocado on toast? It was (as everything was really) fantastic. A nice mixture of smashed avocado and sliced. There's the option to add some bacon bits to the top (and we were more than happy to).

So, yes, by this point we were definitely full. But the thing is, Theona and I, are sweet-toothed. There was no chance we were leaving that restaurant without trying their churros. Four warm, cinnamon churros served with dulce de leche dipping sauce. So good, we had to order another portion. Erm... for science? I'm willing to say that these were actually the best churros I have ever eaten. Usually, I've seen them served with chocolate but the caramel was actually must less sickly and so the balance was perfect. Definitely, a nice way to end the meal on a sweet kick, although I would have loved to have seen some pancakes on the brunch menu.

All in all, we were incredibly impressed by the brunch. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was lovely and the staff were so kind and attentive. Considering the amount of food and drinks we had, the £39.95 price tag is definitely appropriate and I think it would be a great way to celebrate a special occasion or to treat yourself at the end of a long week.

Gaucho is located 4a St Andrews Square and has other locations all over the UK.

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Disclaimer: This meal was provided in exchange for the review, all opinions are my own. 

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