Mr GK and I went last night to Gauchos on Lowell St in Manchester. The original plan was to go to either Richard's or the new Z on Elm St, but Mr GK really wanted to try Gauchos after hearing it had over 15 kinds of meat to try, so I relented (Me not being a real carnivore, but heard it had lamb, salmon, filet mignon, and a nice salad bar)
Well, first sour note was a group of nasty people at the door farting, burping loudly on purpose, smoking as well as making rude comments like "Well I can tell you just ate at Gauchos" to each other- 1st omen
We get in, and it is nearly deserted on a weekend night at 7! - 2nd bad omen
We get seated against a wall, and next to a pillar.. it was like being wedged into a closet!
Next comes the fact they have no bottles of my wine choice.. ok make 2nd choice.. lo and behold, no bottles! I can get a "half bottle" well... ok "bring half now, and half when this one is empty" I say.
We start with the salad bar.. what a dissapointment! Fake crab meat with pasta salad, lettuce, wilted baby spinach, fake bacon bits... (see a pattern yet?)
Then, came the Gauchos bringing skewers of meat to the table.... I saw the cheap sausage and chicken legs 8 times, the pork 6 times, the flank steaks 3 times, (none of which interested me) the lamb ONCE, and they cut off a piece that was less than 2 ounces, and the salmon once, and again about a 2 oz portion. I never once saw the prime rib, filet mignon, or anything else they said they offer in the hour we were there, so much for 15 meat choices! Nor did they ever bring my other half bottle of wine (even though I asked the server for it twice!)
Overall, for $25 per person, plus the cost of the wine, tax and tip it was such a waste of time, I left hungry and angry after an hour. I would never ever ever go there again, even if someone else paid not only the check, but paid me for my time.