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Published on January 18th, 2017 | by Amy Seabrook


Detox or Retox @ Gaucho

Detox or Retox @ Gaucho Amy Seabrook

Summary: Even if you are remaining dry this January, Gaucho's limited lunch menu is a must try.


Detox or Retox?

January is officially upon us, so thank god for London restaurants helping us through with limited edition menus and stellar deals.

For a few years now, Gaucho has been tempting meat lovers to their various sites across the city, with the promise of Argentine beef and an extensive list of Malbec’s. So, on officially the most depressing weekend of the year, I visited their Richmond restaurant to try their January set menu, Detox or Retox.

As expected from the décor, the walls are black and covered in cow-hide to give the dark and warming feel you associate with the chain. However, with a location on the river and a windowed front, our table was flooded with light, which when starting with the detox juice, a freshly made blend of cucumber, celery, apple and ginger, felt very relaxing indeed.

To kick off, the saffron chicken broth filled with vegetables and fresh herbs, has subtle hints of chilli that were very welcome on a cold, wet Saturday.

This, followed by the flash grilled rump steak served with artichokes, baby kale and chilli (something anyone following a paleo diet would be proud of) and to finish, the grilled pineapple served with honey, yoghurt and toasted almonds, all hit the spot for someone trying to be virtuous.

The clever menu allows you to feel incredibly satisfied for just 500 calories (if you opt for the Detox version), although those that aren’t on #DryJanuary may be tempted by the extensive wine list… I know I was.

The Retox menu was, as anticipated, comforting and indulgent. Delicious confit mushrooms on toasted sourdough, topped with balsamic and Stilton to start, followed by Malbec braised ribs, served on parmesan and truffle polenta ending with a rich and smooth chocolate pot with blueberries for dessert.

The braised ribs were cooked to perfection and certainly a highlight of the menu, although there was too much polenta on the plate – opt for if you’re hungry and want filling! It really was pure comfort food and very well paired with the Selección-G Bonarda recommended with this menu.

Wine is something the team at Richmond certainly know about, and I was very impressed with their knowledge and passion for their list. Whichever menu you pick and choose from (wine or not), for £27.50 for 3 courses, you’ll be rid of the January blues for good.

The Detox or Retox menu is available until the 1st of February


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