My partying days were hampered somewhat when I was 15 and met my husband. We got engaged at 16, moved into our first flat at 17, married at 21, and our first and only child made us a family at 22. There wasn’t much money for partying, and so quite a sensible life ensued. When I hit 30 I decided it was time to live a little and have been doing lots of the things I couldn’t afford to do during those years, including travelling, nights out, and various experiences.
An invitation to Gaucho offering a DJ and Cocktails on a Saturday afternoon sounded like something a bit different for us, I was a bit unsure of what the atmosphere would be like, but actually it was very chilled and the DJ was playing a more chilled out set than what you might expect on a Friday night.
The Electro Brunch is one of those unlimited brunches that seem to have come from Dubai and are now popular in London. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your opinion, the Scottish licensing laws dictate that our own ‘Unlimited’ brunches need to have alcoholic limitations. So the ‘unlimited brunch’ is limited to four alcoholic drinks, but the good news is you can have as many of the breakfast dishes as you like. This costs £39.95, or £49.95 if you want to enjoy the premium cocktails menu.
For me, the Gaucho Benedict, a twist on the classic with salt beef – very much like corned beef hash which I was brought up on.
Next, the husband had the Gaucho Benedict after seeing mine, and I had the Baked Provoleta washed down with an Aperol Spritz, yes we were hitting our stride at this point! A whole bowl of melted cheese and toast for dipping was indulgent to say the least.
We both went in for a third dish, Alex had the Bacon Sandwich (above), while I rounded things off with the Oven Baked Chorizo Sausage (below) which was like a full breakfast in a mini skillet.
For a sweet end, we both ordered the Cinnamon Churros. We briefly considered sharing, but with the unlimited offer in mind, decided to indulge. I had an Espresso Martini with mine to round off a perfect afternoon.
Before going I had thought £39.95 seemed a bit steep, but actually, there was a lot of eating in the dishes, the atmosphere was really good, and the restaurant itself makes it feel like a special occasion. There were a table of younger hipper people obviously out celebrating something or other and I could see the deal working really well for them – plenty of eating and drinking for a fixed price, a good DJ, and no messy splitting of bills at the end. I think Gaucho are onto something here.