El Gaucho steak restaurant serves an extensive meat-centric menu, comprised primarily of premium quality steaks, in a stylish timber-and-brick environment. Diners can choose between a complete range of imported meats, and even a little fish, but it’s the beef that is the real draw card – especially their signature wagyu filet mignon. El Gaucho Steakhouse feels like a venue for any occasion and prices are well tiered assuring a meal can be enjoyed on most budgets.
Situated on Sukhumvit Soi 19, next to Terminal 21 shopping mall and opposite The Westin Grande Sukhumvit hotel, the placement of El Gaucho is a masterstroke as it is in an ideal location for those traveling by BTS, MRT or taxi. Obviously with the tourist market in mind, the restaurant opens from 16:00 and stays open late with last orders being taken in the kitchen just before midnight.
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El Gaucho offers three seating options: An outdoor deck, a more informal ground floor and a main upstairs dining area. Most visitors will head upstairs where the interior is an attractive mix of dark wood, exposed brick and faded metal. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide great views out onto Sukhumvit Rd., but due to an abundant use of candlelight and sparsely used spotlights, diners feel far removed the boisterous cityscape below. The orange hue created from the lighting scheme softens the slightly masculine décor and complements the sepia photographs lining the walls and the restaurant’s Latino music soundtrack.
An inventive idea incorporated into the ground floor dining area is the option to eat up at the bar – a great alternative for solo diners who might feel uneasy at the prospect of eating alone. The bar has been widened so there’s plenty of space to eat comfortably in more sociable surroundings. It is a noticeable element to the restaurant that staff members are friendly, conversational and polite.
Although labeled an Argentinian steak restaurant, El Gaucho actually source their meat from all over the world; from wherever offers the best quality at any particular time. This ensures that the meat on offer is at a consistently high level because, at the end of the day, a steakhouse is judged on the quality of its steak. The rib eye and fillet steaks are most popular choices, starting at around 1,300 baht for a 250g cut of prime Black Angus meat and going up to a mighty 1kg for the real carnivores. However, for diners who want to try something extra special, the wagyu filet mignon is the Rolls-Royce of meat. At 2,990 baht for 200g, it certainly isn’t the cheapest and some may baulk at the price, but the texture is as soft as butter and practically unheard of anywhere else in the city.
All the meat at El Gaucho is cooked to your specification and prepared with salt to bring out the succulent juices. The meat dish is brought whole to your table and waiters will then ask if you would like them to cut it into strips for you, and, as you are eating, the meat platter is left on top of a bed of coals to keep the meat hot. To compliment the meal, the restaurant stocks a sizeable, red-heavy cellar of wines from Europe and South America starting at 990 baht for a bottle, all the way up to the 10,000 + baht range, and selected wines by the glass for 250 baht.
Other recommended meat dishes include braised lamb shank in red wine (590 baht) and sautéed chicken breast (650 baht). El Gaucho has tinkered with their menu and increased the vegetarian options to accommodate the unique requirements of Bangkokians. There are also several fish options to choose from as well as a range of pasta dishes.
With so many top restaurants and different types of food available in Bangkok, the city can start to feel like a microcosm of world cuisine – foodies can eat their way around every continent without straying further than the BTS line if they wish. But for all the options available to diners, steakhouses that consistently deliver in quality, taste and preparation, have been one of the most underrepresented types of restaurant. El Gaucho Argentinian steak restaurant has come along to put that right with a great location, attentive service and an unrivalled meat selection.
El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse
- Opening Hours: 16:00-late (kitchen stops taking orders at 24:00)
- Address: Sukhumvit Soi 19, Sukhumvit Road, North Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110
- Tel: +66 22 552 864