Food Review: Gaucho's chocolate menu
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WEEK
IN A NUTSHELL
Quality cooking almost manages to gloss over the not quite perfect match of malbec and chocolate on the tongue.
With news breaking this week that chocolate prices are due to soar by a third in the run up to Christmas, there's no better time to indulge in a fix of the brown stuff.
Conveniently, it's National Chocolate week from Monday, a marketing gimmick I'd normally ignore.
But if you're going to be sucked into something, it may as well be the pitch black, 99 per cent cocoa, Gaucho that does the sucking.
Available across the chain from October 14-21, its chocolate and malbec menu has been created in celebration of these two South American titans.
For £65 you get three courses backed with the brown stuff.
Braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread popcorn on a bed of corn and covered in chocolate jus are followed by slow cooked pork belly, white chocolate and vanilla mashed potato and a chocolate and chilli matambe before white chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble.
The first course is the winner in the savoury stakes, overshadowing the sickly white mash of the main, but neither sit very comfortably with their malbec.
Fortunately the dessert is an able partner for a sweet, port-like Zuccardi Malbec and the quality of the cooking, as ever at Gaucho, make this worth a look.
If you don't fancy a whole meal (although the chocolate is mostly light-touch) malbec and chocolate tastings are also available in Piccadilly for £30.
Gaucho, 25 Swallow Street,
City of Westminster, W1B 4QR