Happy Halloween guys!! Well it’s Thursday so that means it’s time for our weekly City Guide and this week we looked at the super stunning Gaucho Restaurant just off Deansgate in Manchester. The fact that this place was once an old Methodist church and the building is grade 2 listed we thought it would be perfect for Halloween. Gaucho is an Argentinian group of Restaurants founded by Zeev Godik, focusing mainly on a beef menu that comes direct from Buenos Aires the restaurants have a distinct signature look.
On first glance Gaucho Manchester is quite an inconspicuous building, tucked away in the back streets of Deansgate, first impressions are soon changed when you enter. Its signature look of cowhide leather seats and decadent black and white décor is recognisable straight away. The restaurant consists of a ground floor dining area and bar with an open kitchen and two mezzanine levels either side looking out over the dining area, there are also three rooms for private hire. The first floor showcases an amazing array of tables and chairs and secluded circular booths all in the cowhide leather, along one side you’ll find the exposed industrial kitchen whilst the bar can be found behind a fantastic cowhide adorned spiral staircase that takes you to one of the mezzanines.
The lighting in this place is amazing, the main floor is filled with suspended beautiful white chandeliers and crystal droplets bounce light around and reflect off the glass ceiling, flush glass lights line the low ceilings over the booth area. The high white panelled ceilings bring a light and airy feel to the room whilst the black sections and exposed pipe-work create dramatic feeling of almost Gothic opulence.
A sense of Gothic history is felt in this area with the stunningly restored church organs that can be found on one of the mezzanine floors, together with two stunning black and white crystal chandeliers, these original elements are reminiscent of an old theatrical show, Phantom of the Opera perhaps. The cowhide décor and theatrical lighting follows through into the private dining areas with more black and mirrors added for a more intimate feel. There is definitely a dramatic element to this décor and we love it!
Have you been to the new look Gaucho Restaurant? What did you think?
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