SOME TEETHING TROUBLES BUT A NICE BITE TO EAT
Where: 73 Princes Avenue, Hull, HU5 3QX.
Call: 01482 341488 .
Open: Noon to midnight, every day.
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Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Vegetarian: Options available.
Family-friendly? Yes, although there is no children's menu and evenings are definitely more adult-orientated.
Parking: On street.
Chorizo and gem lettuce wraps: £4.50 Chorizo, sweetcorn, jalapeno and onion medley served with gem lettuce for wrapping and lime and tequila sauce.
BBQ Mexican buffalo wings: £4.50 Marinated chicken wings served in a BBQ chilli sauce £4.50
Roasted vegetable quesadilla: £7.95 Two pan fried tortillas folded and filled with refried beans and cheese
Gaucho's chilli beed burger: £8.95 Juicy burger topped with our delicious gaucho's chilli beef, jalapenos and cheese £8.95
R ight, before we begin, let me make one thing clear: I am a big fan of Mexican food. I know that, in the great hierarchy of sophisticated food, Mexican does not rate highly but give me a bit of chilli, lime and garlic and I am happy.
Having been lucky enough to live in California for a while, where great Mexican food is available just about everywhere, I also know just how tasty freshly prepared Mexican food can be.
I, therefore, had high hopes for Gaucho's, which has recently opened on Princes Avenue, and watched eagerly as the building was refurbished.
The standard of the revamp was clearly high and as soon as we could, we booked a table.
Inside, it looks fabulous – lovely decor, low lighting, and plenty of tables. A large wooden bar towards the back of the room seemed a bit much as there was clearly not much room for drinkers as well as diners. I could imagine on a packed Saturday night this could prove a problem.
We were there at tea-time, midweek, and despite the early hour, the place was already buzzing with customers. So much so, in fact, it was clear the lone, harassed-looking waiter was struggling to keep up with demand.
We were seated at our reserved table, but service stopped there for quite some time. When the waiter did make it to our table, however, he was very apologetic.
Given that it was so busy early in the evening midweek, we were prepared to forgive.
It would be a rare place indeed that did not suffer from some teething problems.
To get a good idea of Gaucho's range, we decided to choose the sharing platter starter (£7.95 per person) which, when it came, was very nice.
We soon polished off most of the food in front of us.
For the main course, I had chosen the red snapper (£14.95), which came on a sizzling platter with pineapple, coriander and cherry tomatoes, and was really tasty. As I had been told in no uncertain terms I would not be able to nick a few of my companion's side order of "skin-on fries", the waitress had suggested I had half rice/half fries with my fish.
My dining companion was more than happy with his mixed burrito (£14.95), which was exactly the honest and hearty grub he likes now and again.
It was exactly what he fancied and he worked his way slowly though the mounds of tomato, cheese and chicken, steak and prawns.
We were too full for desserts (a rare occasion in my case).
The bill, with three or four beers, when it eventually arrived, came to around £60, which we thought was reasonable.
Will I go back? Indubitably – did I mention I am a big fan of Mexican food?
Quality of food: Good.
Service: Slow, but improving.
Value for money: Decent.
Best for: Dining with friends.
Would you go again? Yes.