Argentine steak restaurant Gaucho opens its doors

Gaucho is to open on St Andrew Square. Picture: Contributed
Gaucho is to open on St Andrew Square. Picture: Contributed
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Argentinian steak restaurant Gaucho has officially opened its flagship restaurant and bar on St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

Through a series of exclusive evenings and masterclass events, the Gaucho team welcomed the great and the good of Edinburgh to experience and taste its famous Argentinian roots in preparation for opening.

Gaucho Edinburgh boasts a glass fronted bar over-looking St Andrew Square and a sophisticated open plan restaurant that seats 120 downstairs. Alongside this is the glass private dining room, where the walls are adorned with over 200 bottles of the exclusive Gaucho wine collection.

The restaurant’s interior design takes inspiration from the Ombu, giant trees which are a striking natural feature of the Argentine rural and urban landscapes. The design uses the Ombu’s soft grey colours, sculptural, swirling branches and roots, and its striking leaves as inspiration throughout to bring Argentinian nature further into a sophisticated, urban environment. The overlapping and intertwined shapes illustrate a theme that is repeated in the crisscross of the wooden feature walls, the veins of the silver leaf artwork and the backlit screens.

Diners in Edinburgh can now enjoy Gaucho’s globally renowned steaks as well as specially-created fusion dishes – such as haggis empanadas - made using locally sourced Scottish produce.

Gaucho’s wine list, which has been hand selected by wine director, Phil Crozier, provides a choice of 130 Argentinian wines – some of which are exclusive to Gaucho and produced at the restaurant’s vineyard in Mendoza. These sit alongside an extensive range of Scottish whiskies, gins and Scottish craft beer.

Group Executive Chef – Jamie Robertson – famous for working alongside celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, is also returning to his roots. Born and raised in Bonnyrigg, Robertson oversees menu development and supply chain for all 14 of Gaucho’s restaurants.

Commenting on the new Edinburgh restaurant, Group Executive Chef, Jamie Robertson, said:

“Scotland has a fantastic natural larder, and at each of our restaurants we like to make the most of the local produce. As such I have really been enjoying creating some exclusive dishes for our new restaurant that celebrate and marries the provenance of Argentinian beef with Scottish flavours.”

Tracey Matthews, Group Chief Operating Officer at Gaucho said:

“It has been great to be able to welcome so many people to Gaucho and show them some fabulous Argentinian hospitality. The people of Edinburgh are so friendly – from those in the hospitality industry to business leaders - we really hope everyone will enjoy the first-class dining experience at Gaucho, which we believe is truly unique.”