January 12, 2013
Like many of our weekend strolls, we accidentally ended up at a bar before the clock struck midday for a celebratory ‘let’s get on it’ beverage or 5…
This particular time, we came across the Charlotte Street Hotel just a few minutes stroll from Soho Square. The duck-egg blue exterior and cute country like feel initially enticed us but when we peeped in and saw an open fire, stacked bar and eccentric interior theme – we were well sold!
We propped ourselves up at the bar and the four of us got through a bottle of well recommended white & a bottle of fizz in a mere 30 minutes! I had a nose at the food menu and it seems beaut, I’d love to try a few of the dishes, definitely seems worth a visit if you fancy some good hearty food. Let me know how the food is if you’ve eaten there previously! 
Its cute and kitsch but still feels pretty chilled. I’m kinda dreaming about throwing a mad hatters tea party at the table above with OTT ball gowns and colourful wigs…
Unfortunately it was only a brief visit as we had a table booked at our trusty favourite Gaucho. But The Charlotte Street Hotel was a lovely brief bit of joy and a great place to take the fam for lunch, very child friendly.
Over to Gaucho then, if you like steaks, you MUST visit this place, they serve the finest Argentine steaks and offer a wild cocktail menu to boot. Wine lovers will also feel very at home picking from the Award-Winning wine list boasting about 150 different wines to choose from. 
I know. Amazing!
Our wonderful waiter bought out a range of cuts for us to choose from. I usually go for the rump as I’m not a fan of fatty meats, however this time I went for the CHURRASCO DE CHORIZO which is the top left cut. Described as “a spiral cut, marinated for
48 hours in garlic, parsley
and olive oil” AKA smothered in heaven and served straight from the gods. Absolute beaut.

Between the 4 of us, we worked our way through the above choices, I cannot stress enough how gorgeous the Pumpkin & Sweetcorn Humita is (see image above), it has a texture like mash potato but is so sweet and when served with the steak, a dream team is born. Plus it comes comes served in a cute corn husk – presentation is key 😉
We’ve been to four different Gauchos and I must say, the one in Manchester is probably the most impressive! It’s in a beautiful old building set over two levels right in the city (see images below)…
If you’re planning on visiting, book in advance and enjoy Gaucho as a night time affair. I recommend asking to be seated away from the kitchen, It’s cool that you can experience the fresh cooking but you’ll experience a much deeper, darker & sexier experience tucked away somewhere 😉

To book, visit their website directly, here

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