Fresh off the grill, El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse, the ”Latin Flava” now in Poblacion, Makati City.
Filipinos’ love for smoked roasted meat dates back from our indigenous ancestors in the North with Etag, to the fiesta staple, Lechon, to the trendy chicken inasal today. And the especial, rather fancy pit-roasted meat is beef. Due to quality cuts and delicate cooking, steaks are served on special occasions. But now, more than ever, our appetite for the good ol’ steak grows more, we welcome steakhouses. And the most esteemed way of cooking prized cuts of beef – gaucho style.
Feast A la Gaucho
Gauchos, the nomadic horsemen legends of Latin America’s grasslands and immortalized in Argentinian culture. Not only in ballads and literature, more so in its cuisine. They pioneered the art of Asado or roasting, out on the pampa. But then, it’s more than just a way of cooking meat. It has become a tradition in which friends and family gather to deify Argentina’s finest produce, its beef.
Lucky for us, we don’t need to travel all the way to Argentina to savor the sought after Asado, as El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse opens a branch in the cosmopolitan city of Makati.
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”Argentina is an incredibly passionate country where food culture combining South American and European influences and in which beef is not only honoured but celebrated. This honoring for such a high-quality product and the celebration of it within a comforting environment is what my El Gaucho restaurants are about.” – Dany Himi, the owner, said in an interview.
El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse first appeared on the South-east Asian dining scene in 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City, now has branches spanning across Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines, with plans for more in the region and in Europe soon.
With its signature design of single floor open space and floor to ceiling windows, El Gaucho is surely inviting. And its interior is indeed homey with rustic red brick walls to the wooden tables and chairs to metal lighting accents. Then to the focal point, their specialized grill built only for serving quality dishes. Meats, however, are not limitedly from Argentina but instead sourced from selected farms in Victoria, New South Wales, and individual farmers and ranchers in the United States. Their meat-centric menu is then complemented by their extensive selection of wines and spirits displayed at the open bar.
Armed with the best ingredients and cooking techniques, El Gaucho offers a feast to remember.
Raise a glass
It’s a full house on opening night, drinks were flowing, and filet plates were flying out of the kitchen as the music pumped up. Dany, himself, together with his son, and their partners and staff accommodated every guest that walked right in the steakhouse. For starters, they served platters of Argentine beef empanada and El Gaucho burger. Then for the main course, lamb chops, rib-eye steak, and filet mignon. All paired with one’s choice of either red or white wine, and their signature shots of El Caramel, Belvedere vodka with caramel syrup for some sweet treats with a lil’ kick. Cheers!
To devour on a sumptuous lunch for two or private party feast a la gaucho checkout,
El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse
GF Trump Tower, Century City
Kalayaan Avenue, Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening hours: 11 AM until late