Argentina is spectacular. It is a country that engages the senses and fires the passions. Argentina’s is a vast landscape where every hue of every colour is painted into its scenery, from its awe-inspiring mountain ranges to the wide open plains of its world-famous pampas, from its glaciers and waterfalls all the way to its silver sea.
Argentina is a vibrant country, pulsing with the passion of its people and their culture. Its music and art and literature represent a blend of the indigenous and the European, of the mystic and the cosmopolitan, rooted in tradition and reaching out to the new. Argentina’s iconic dance is the tango. Fiery, passionate, dramatic, it leaves an unforgettable impression on those who follow its steps. And the Argentinian dedication to sports – especially football – is renowned worldwide.
At the very heart of Argentina’s culture is its food, the way it is savoured and enjoyed by its people. Dining in Argentina is more than just a way to sate hunger, more than enjoying a few hours engaged in conversation over food and wine. Sharing food and the love of food is a way of life in Argentina. Food brings families together, it binds friendships, it celebrates people and their love of life. Invitations to eat together are a sign of kinship, a symbol of love, friendship and integration. A gathering for an asado – the traditional Argentinian grill – is always a cause for celebration, whether as part of a feast, or a simple Sunday lunch.
The image of the gaucho, the nomadic cowboy ranging with the cattle in the vast grasslands of the pampas, is iconic, instantly recognisable around the world. The gaucho represents a sense of freedom, of open spaces, of living close to nature, of hot, hard, heavy work and the rewards of some of the world’s best beef grilled on hot stones over a log fire, in the grass-scented cool of the sunset.
At Gauchos Restaurant in Gibraltar, we celebrate the unique spirit of Argentina within the equally unique setting of one of the world’s iconic fortifications. The Rock of Gibraltar rises from the sea, one of the ancient Pillars of Hercules, and nestled within the stones of its city walls, the Gauchos expert chefs prepare the best Argentinian steak, accompanied by traditional Argentinian complementary dishes. Gauchos brings to diners vividly authentic flavours, capturing the scent of the traditional asado out in the pampas on a summer evening and the taste of some of the world’s most succulent cuts of meat. Superb wines and service that is distinguished by its excellence all come together to create an unforgettable dining experience.
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