Meat, the handsomest of the nine food groups, gets its good looks from spice rubs, tenderizers, and long soaks in anti-aging marinades. Ogle seductive slabs with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of grilled Argentine cuisine at Gaucho Grill at its Long Beach location.
Gaucho Grill sears eager taste buds with a menu of Argentine specialties crafted from choice ingredients. Impatient appetites are appeased with authentic appetizers such as sautéed mushrooms ($6) and chorizo (sausage) Argentino ($5). Impressive entrees await main-course diners, such as entrana a la parrilla, a 10-ounce skirt steak juicily grilled to order ($18), and salmon papillotte, a salmon filet steamed on a bed of spinach and vegetables with white wine and olive oil ($19). Gaucho Grill also offers lamb and chicken dishes, as well as pasta and salad options. Conclude the culinary concerto with an encore of sugary treats, such as panqueques con dulce de leche, traditional oven-baked Argentine crepes filled with homemade dulce de leche ($7). The wine list also features pairable whites and reds from boutique Argentine labels.
Gaucho Grill soothes turbulent hunger torrents in a tranquil, sleek atmosphere. The restaurant hosts a full bar with flat-screen TVs for important events during sweeps week, while heated outdoor seating creates an ideal environment for evening dining during cool summers. After 10 p.m., Gaucho Grill morphs into its nocturnal alter-ego, the Buenos Aires Lounge, where patrons can savor libations while a live DJ spins rock, '80s, house and yodelcore tracks.
In Gaucho Grill's kitchen, juicy steaks and marinated poultry sizzle on grills, sending the rich aroma of Argentine cuisine drifting through the restaurant's rustic interior. Savory mushrooms and veggies garnish meats on intimate lamp-lit tables surrounded by knotty timber walls, rough slate arches, and lariat-hurling ranchers. Dulcet treats of flan, mousse, and crepes cap South American feasts with notes of sweetness, and glasses of fruit-packed Argentine wines tastefully complement choice selections from the grill.