Review: Gaucho, Piccadilly

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is by far the most fabulous. If you’re going to do it, you should do it well – and Gaucho does brunch very, very well indeed. Far better than a run around Hyde Park or yoga at the top of the Shard, the Gaucho Electro Brunch is the best way to start your weekend.

Tucked away from the rabble of Piccadilly on Swallow Street, Gaucho is all mirrors, lacquer, animal print and chandeliers. It’s slick and glamorous. The music is all atmospheric beats and deep synths.

Brunch is a straightforward affair: you’re presented with a menu of food and drink options and you can order as many of each as many times as you like, one at a time. Portions are on the smaller side, allowing you to try the entire menu or just order your favourites over and over again.

An Aperol Spritz is always a great way to start the day, while the Domaine Chandon sparkling wine seems to suit every dish on the menu. Much credit must be paid to the waiting staff, who managed to replace each glass before the previous is finished.

The Medialuna comes with a peanut butter dulce de leche which is worth the cost of the brunch alone. Smashed avocado comes with crispy bacon and you can’t eat enough of them; the eggs Florentine are absolutely divine; the fried provoleta is possibly the eighth Wonder of the World, and the pancakes are incredible. Gaucho is renowned for its beef, which means that the steak and eggs are a must, and you won’t regret it. If that’s how they do steak for brunch, one can only imagine how they do it for dinner.

London is bursting at the seams and the waistbands with ‘must visit’ brunch venues, so making one stand out is an achievement in itself. Perhaps it’s the incredible food, maybe it’s the lovely staff or it be the glamorous setting and atmosphere of cool – whatever it is, it makes Gaucho stand out above the rest. They say you should start of you mean to go on – if you start your weekend at Gaucho, it’s sure to be a great one.