Bangkok is a long way from the steakhouses and parilla bars of Buenos Aires but at El Gaucho on Soi 19, meatlovers can still find that authentically Argentinian taste of flame-grilled goodness.
El Gaucho boasts an expansive interior, spread over two low-lit storeys of dark wood and exposed brickwork. It’s a perfect setting for a glass or two of red wine and, as luck would have it, El Gaucho has a stacked cellar, balanced nicely between familiar names and less-known drops from the new world. They start at B290 for a glass of Argentinian Malbec and range all the way up to B15,000 for a bottle of Tuscan Temperanillo. Suffice to say, there are plenty of interesting options in between, no matter your budget.
The steaks are obviously the main attraction here but the menu also does a decent job of showcasing some other aspects of the Argentinian kitchen. In particular, the chicken empanadas (B210) make a moreish appetiser, while the salchicha (B270) is a deliciously spicy serving of homemade sausage. And if you need your fix of cheese, don’t go past the provoleta (B390) – a plate of grilled, gooey goodness seasoned with oregano and olive oil that goes perfectly with a chunk of crusty bread.
If you fancy trying the steak but feel like mixing it in with some greenery, there’s an arugula salad (B690) which combines sirloin slices with leaves and parmesan, all seasoned with a drizzle of balsamic.
But ultimately, the prime cuts of red meat loom large. You can pick your own variety – whether it’s Black Angus or USDA Prime – but there really are no wrong answers here and the prices range from B990-6290.
For us, it was hard to go past the American entrecote, served medium, with a selection of delicious mustards, although these cuts are just fine on their own.
8/1-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19 | 02-255-2864
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