Originally from Ho Chi Minh, El Gaucho Manila is a Southeast Asian-based Argentinian Steakhouse concept by Israeli-born German restaurateur, Dany Himi and son David Timm, with branches in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Hong Kong, not to mention their European expansion in Slovakia and Hamburg, Germany.

I tried it years ago at their popular flagship store in Bangkok, and it’s great to have another Argentinian steakhouse option for steak lovers in Manila in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Before you go, here are some tips on what to order and how to plan your awesome experience in El Gaucho Manila.

 

EL GAUCHO MANILA
Ground Floor Trump Tower at Century City
Kalayaan Avenue, Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening hours: 11 AM until late
Mobile: +63 ‭917 323 8019
Email: [email protected]
FacebookEl Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse Philippines
Instagram: @elgauchoasia
Website: https://ph.elgaucho.asia/

El Gaucho Menu: Food | Drink List | Wine List | Wine by the Glass

The ambiance draws you in with its industrial high ceiling interiors with wood and metal finish and an array of hanging bulbs.

El Gaucho Menu: Food | Drink List | Wine List | Wine by the Glass

You feel at home immediately with its cozy tables and awesome location, walking distance from the Poblacion area.

Starters

Their bread is served freshly baked with roasted garlic, butter and green salsa.

Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad (₱990). Avocado, Feta Cheese, Onions, Corn, Tomatoes, Olive Oil and Lemon

The avocado with feta cheese worked—now one of our favorite salad combinations in Manila.

Catena Chardonnay

Catena Chardonnay 2017 (Mendoza, Argentina). (₱500/glass, ₱2,200/bottle) Vivino Rating 3.9

The salad paired nicely with the house chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina, with notes of pear, green apple and lemon.

Chorizo Beef/ Pork

Chorizo Beef/ Pork (₱490). Homemade Argentinian spied sausage

They make their own sausage from their butchery so expect home-made quality from their beef/pork chorizo sausages.

Salchicha

Salchicha (₱490). Homemade Argentinian Spicy Sausage

I like my sausage spicy with Argentinian spices.

Beef Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio (₱890) with Parmesan Cheese, Lemon, and Olive Oil

Roll-out the high-quality raw beef with cheese, drops of lemon and olive oil.

Provoleta with Chorizo

Provoleta with Chorizo (Beef/Pork) – (₱690/990). Grilled Provolone Cheese, Tomato with a Hint of Oregano

Order your chorizo with melted Provoleta cheese, which gets cold and chewy quite fast, so best to eat it hot.

 


Steak

El Gaucho gets fresh meat supply from their butcher shop where you can also buy to cook at home.

El Gaucho steaks are sourced abroad: USDA Prime cuts from the US and Black Angus from Australia.

They take pride on their own specialty grill that accentuates the original flavors of their naturally raised meats.

Grilled Lamb Chop

Grilled Lamb Chops/ With Yoghurt Sauce (₱2,190 / ₱2,390). Please note we only serve medium or more. 

Our favorite—perfectly grilled medium-cooked lamb chops served with nice grill marks and juicy flavorful meat.

Grab it by the bone using your hands, and you can easily bite the meat off the bones. Sarap nito!

Alamos Cabernet Sauv. 2017

Alamos Cabernet Sauv. 2017 (Mendoza, Argentina). (₱450/glass, ₱2,000/bottle). Vivino rating 3.5

A good steak needs to be paired with a strong Cab Sauv from Mendoza, Argentina.

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries (₱390)

Instead of rice or potatoes, order the kamote fries as your choice of carbs for the steak.

Dany Himi and son David Timm personally served the steak during the grand opening of El Gaucho Manila.

Tomahawk

Tomahawk (MS 4/5) (100gram – ₱1,090, minimum of 1,000 gram per order)

Go with a big group to enjoy the Tomahawk steak with your family and close friends.

Tomahawk

The steak was grilled to medium perfection, no added butter or anything, and finished off with salt.

Cream/ Sauteed Spinach

Cream/ Sauteed Spinach (₱490)

The side dishes were equally good, with the cream spinach still tasting like spinach without getting overpowered by its creaminess.

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Truffle Mashed Potatoes (₱590).

How can you go wrong with the taste of truffle in your mashed potato?

Terrazas Reserva Malbec (Mendoza,Argentina) – (₱650/glass,₱2,900/bottle). Vivino Rating 3.8

Order their house Malbec to pair with your rib-eye to get the best Argentinian steakhouse experience.

Rib-Eye

USDA Prime Rib-Eye (Entrecote). 250g – ₱3,190, 350g – ₱4,390, 500g – ₱6,290

Served with nice grill marks and medium-cooked to get the right tender flavor.

Let the flavor of the steak speak for itself with just a dash of salt for seasoning.

 


Desserts

Fantinel Prosecco Extra Dry Blanc NV

Fantinel Prosecco Extra Dry Blanc NV (Italy). (₱450/glass, ₱1,900/bottle). Vivino Rating 3.6

Order an Italian bubbly to refresh the palate from all the meat flavors and to have a good burp.

DULCE DE LECHE IN CREPE

Dulce de Leche in Crepe (₱550) with Vanilla Ice Cream

End with a yema crepe ala mode.

Homemade Cold Cheese Cake

Homemade Cold Cheese Cake (₱550)

Or a classic homemade cheesecake with berry sauce.

Flan Caramel

Flan Caramel (₱490)

It was not as milky and dense as our leche flan, but you’d love the not-so-sweet caramel flavors.

Balvedere Vodka

Belvedere Vodka (₱390)

Of course, finish the meal with a digestive shot of vodka!

 


Final Thoughts

We love the ambiance, which is inviting but not intimidating, and gets you in the mood for steak.

Start with an appetizer of Avocado salad, Provoleta with Chorizo and a glass of Prosecco or Chardonnay. Order the lamb chop, US-Rib Eye Prime steak or the Porterhouse or Tomahawk when you go with a bigger group and pair it with a Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina. End with Dulce de Leche in Crepe and a shot of vodka. Budget about ₱3,000/head for a nice steak dinner + wine.

It’s a great place to celebrate Christmas with friends, with a pub crawl afterward in the Poblacion area.

Congratulations to Dany Himi and son David Timm for finally opening El Gaucho in Manila. It’s about time!

EL GAUCHO MANILA
Ground Floor Trump Tower at Century City
Kalayaan Avenue, Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening hours: 11 AM until late
Mobile: +63 ‭917 323 8019
Email: [email protected]
FacebookEl Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse Philippines
Instagram: @elgauchoasia
Website: https://ph.elgaucho.asia/

El Gaucho Menu: Food | Drink List | Wine List | Wine by the Glass

 

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder, Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: We attended the grand opening of El Gaucho in Manila.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.

P.S. Go during lunch for good value for money on your choice of meat.