My dear friend Kaz and I love brunch. We are both firm believers in breakfast being the most important and the most fabulous meal of the day (Team Ron Swanson on that).
When you nudge it to a later time on the weekend, and add cocktails? Our enthusiasm simply increases. We’ve been meaning to try the Electro Brunch at Gaucho for a while. I love brunches with lots of options, and the all-inclusive price is always great if like me you want to try it all! We decided to go to the Gaucho at Smithfield, and booked a table for noon. A solid lie-in before a brunch makes it all the sweeter….
I imagine on city evenings the place is packed, but for a weekend brunch it was deliciously laidback – busy, but not overwhelmingly so, plenty of staff available, plenty of space. The DJ spinning tunes in the background adds to the chilled summer feel.
The menu is made up of a range of set options, which you can order. And order. And order. These were beautifully portioned and perfect to share, and our waiter was brilliant at ensuring we were well attended to and that we got the utmost from our experience! As well as the food offerings, you can enjoy unlimited sparkling wine, bloody marys, or the signature breakfast cocktail of the day, or a selection of cold-pressed juices. The unlimited brunch covers two hours, but we had to take a break midway through due to being so well looked after!
The fried provoleta with onion chutney was dreamy – the creaminess of the cheese and the slight heat of the spiced chutney worked so well together!
Gaucho, of course, is famous for its steaks (I must return here for dinner soon!) so the steak and eggs brekfast had to be one of our options. The meat was beautifully cooked and the whole dish was delicious and satisfying – I’d never had steak for breakfast before!
There are Eggs Benedict and Florentine on the menu too…but this dreamy Eggs Royale stole our tastebuds. Gorgeous smoked salmon, oozing yolks, and a creamy, rich hollandaise. I’m craving this dish again as I write about it!
We loved the cocktail, but the juices were prettier to photograph! Kaz enjoyed the refreshing Apple Gone Loupe (above), while I relished the Orange Zinger. These were light and refreshing, the perfect counterbalance to the heavier meat based dishes.
To conclude we wrapped up with the blueberry pancakes and the granola (a real favourite, but I was clearly all too keen to tuck in as my photo of that dish was blurry!).
It’s rather pricey, at £45, but I was so impressed with the food, drinks and service I would happily dine here again. The space is inviting and the service is genuinely some of the best I’ve ever encountered in town – attentive, friendly and charming. While £45 might give a little sticker shock, I’d say we more than got our money’s worth, and I’m very excited to return (and try the dishes we were too full to enjoy!). Of the twelve food options, six are veggie-friendly, so this would be a deal the veggies in the house could enjoy too.