Just like the Gaucho’s do…
Gaucho Grill @ Chulan Square
A wise person once said “A vegetarian in Argentina is like a duck out of water”. If there is a single food that represents Argentina, it is Beef. Argentine Beef is highly prized for its flavour and tenderness and with the convenience of today’s world, you don’t have to fly across continents to enjoy it.
The rich grassland plains that rest in the shadows of the Andes and feed the people of Argentina has travelled the miles and is right here in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
At Gaucho Grill in Chulan Square, you will not just get a taste of Argentinean food, but a taste of their culture as well. The atmosphere is unpretentious and homely, with country style checkered tablecloths, wooden deco and wall to wall pictures of real life Gauchos. Terry (Red FM Drive) and I enjoyed a robust glass of Argentinean Merlot and a pleasant chat with owner Zek Catovik who is a restaurateur with a passion for quality food.
Catovik successfully runs several restaurants in KL serving cuisine from around the world, and Gaucho Grill is one of the few restaurants in the city that serves Argentine Beef. Taking into account the cost of flying the meat over, I was pleasantly surprised to find that menu is reasonably priced, with starters ranging from RM 12 to RM 20, and mains priced from RM56 – RM95. An added bonus is that with every main course ordered you can tuck into free serving of soup and help yourself to the salad bar.
Our mouths watering from the tantalizing aromas that were wafting out from the kitchen, out rolled our starters. It was perfect that the first dish we tried was best for two, because I could not have finished the hearty portion of Nachos Guandeloja by myself.
Terry was more than happy to indulge in the stack of Tortilla Crackers, Mexican Hot Beef, and Chick Peas topped off with Tomato Salsa, Sour Cream and Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese. It was a party in my mouth! I decided to have a chat with the chef to find out more about the dishes.
Chef Azmi has experience in both local and European cuisine, and draws inspiration from Italian cooking with all his food, most apparent in our second starter, the Bruschetta. Adding a slight Argentinean twist to it, he uses a mix of capsicum instead of tomatoes, roasted with onion and garlic served on a crispy French loaf.
Bruschetta with of capsicum, roasted with onion and garlic served on a crispy French loaf
It was time for some meat! A hugely popular dish is the Prime Steer Tenderloin, served in 250g portions and accompanied by roast potato, ruccola & balsamic, and cherry tomatoes with blue cheese sauce. True to its name, the tenderloin was very tender, lightly seared on the outside and juicy on the inside.
Prime Steer Tenderloin
Each order is cooked to perfection over a wood charcoal grill which brings out the best flavour of the steak, and another must try is the La Boca. A 450 g T-Bone Steak rubbed with cumin and hickory, accompanied by potato wedges and smoked cheese.
If beef isn’t your cup of tea, Gaucho Grill also has a selection of chicken, lamb and pasta to cater to all tastes. You can opt for the Pumpkin Ravioli & Lamb Rack. The homemade ravioli is coloured pink with beetroot juice and works well with the meaty lamb and mashed potato soaked in butter, sage and garlic sauce.
Pumpkin Ravioli & Lamb Rack
To let your tastebuds travel even further, smother your meat with the Chimichurri sauce. It’s an absolute must with the Argentine, a salsa made from olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, garlic and herbs.
Gaucho Grill is the kind of place you can really kick back and relax, and have a laugh, and that’s exactly what Terry and I did. I also got a lesson from him on the different cuts of meat we were eating, and that’s something that the informative staff at Gaucho Grill will willingly help you with.
We rounded off the meal with a sinful helping of moist Chocolate Fudge with Macadamia Ice Cream and the rich Warm Bread and Butter Pudding with cinnamon, lemon zest, cream, raisin and peanut butter.
Moist Chocolate Fudge with Macadamia Ice Cream
Warm Bread and Butter Pudding
“When can we come back?” Terry asks me eagerly. “Anytime!” I reply. Gaucho Grill also offers a set lunch, which includes a selection of Ribeye and Sirloin, Beef Burger, Chicken Milanese, Pan Fried Dory and Pasta Mania, all for the affordable price of RM 28. It’s value for money as the deal is inclusive of Salad, Soup and Ice Lemon Tea. “Oh yeah!” he exclaims excitedly. “Now we can enjoy authentic Argentinean cuisine any time of the day!”
Just like the gauchos do…
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For reservations, please call: 03-2145 4268
Lunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm (Except Sundays)
Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:30pm (daily)
Photos courtesy of Phoon Kah Wai