It’s 11am on a chilly Saturday morning and I’m drinking a Bloody Mary in the chic dining room at Gaucho. This is my kind of brunch, a booze propelled two hour blast of unlimited food and drink from booths that are more comfortable than my bed. There is a DJ playing the kind of music I expect would make an Ibiza chill out compilation album whilst the floor buzzes with staff. One comes to our table and asks what we want to order. I say it’s time to swap the drink to an Aperol Spritz. He meant food. Still it’s 11.05am and I have my priorities in order.
Over the two hours we eat and drink as if this were a challenge, pausing only to take in the occasional gasp of air. Steak and eggs seem the obvious place to start in a steakhouse. The meat is of high quality, briefly shown heat to still retain a pinkness inside, with a fried egg because this is still breakfast, after all. It’s simple and delicious. Likewise a eggs Benedict that has the traditional ham replaced with salt beef. It’s bordering on genius in concept, not a million miles away from steak with bearnaise sauce. We would go later back for seconds and then thirds.
The humble sausage sandwich is given the upgrade with chorizo and chimichurri between charred ciabatta that we resist the temptation to smear inch thick with brown sauce. Beans on toast is pimped with chunks of chorizo in an almost indentical vein to what I do at home, only with a lot less butter. Fried provoleta cheese is rich and guey with onions that have been cooked down to a jam-like consistency. One of our group have this and suddenly we all ordering it in envy. It’s that kind of dish.
Fuelled by more spritz’s we gravitate towards a sweeter finish to the meal. French toast comes with an addictive peanut butter dulce de luche that is all nutty caramel and sweetness. We insist that it makes a return on pancakes with banana and maple syrup, half joking that we’d like to purchase a jar of the stuff. It’s no joke. I really want a jar.
All of this comes at the price of £45 per head. To put it into perspective it is the most expensive brunch in Birmingham, but arguably the best value. To the best of mine and Googles knowledge, all of the others offer one dish with the unlimited drinks. This is as much a dining experience as a drinking one, decadent and comfortable, as much as you can fit in. They really know what they are doing here. As far as two hours go, it’s pretty much the ideal start to a weekend, leaving us with the choice of more booze or an afternoon snooze. We choose the former. Of course we do. Way too much fun was had to have it any other way.
I was a guest of Gaucho at the brunch and did not pay