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Ameat lover’s haven, Jerusalem’s El Gaucho eatery specializes in Argentine-style
grilled meat, cooked over the coals behind the many cuts of fresh meat on
display for all to see. The decor here is ranch style, and many of the chefs are
from South America.
For starters, we chose chicken wings in a sweet
marinade; then came the chorizo sausages and veal sweetbread. Overall, these
dishes had the quality of a well-done, professional barbecue. We also had
another South American dish – empanadas, a sort of pastry filled with meat.
These were tasty and hot, with a light, crispy pastry, although the filling did
not include ingredients that I had imagined to be an integral part of empanadas:
olives and hard-boiled eggs.
For our main course, we ordered a mixed
grill for two. This consisted of entrecote, asado and a choice of chicken or
sirloin.Your meal is served at your table on an individual mini-grill with
simmering coals. This keeps your food warm while preserving the special grilled
flavor of the meat. I don’t normally enjoy meat served this way, as it carries
on cooking, but I must admit that the quantity at El Gaucho justifies it. The
steaks were well aged and flavorsome, especially with the classic Argentinean
chimmichurri herb sauce served alongside. The side dishes of vegetable pincho
and grilled half potatoes were satisfactory.
The desserts, sadly, were a
bit of a disappointment following the delights that had come
Overall, the atmosphere of El Gaucho is pure steak joint. This is
not an elegant dining establishment. It is a place for serious meat eaters.
Forget the chicken; get the beef.The writer was a guest of the
Kosher El Gaucho, 22 Rivlin St.,