El Gaucho Bellevue

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The weekend starts on Sunday morning for me. That’s mostly because I work during the week, Friday and Saturday I hang out with my friends at some bar downtown, so I don’t really start to relax until Sunday morning. And if your life is as hectic as mine, then I am sure you agree that nothing hits the spot like a Sunday brunch. El Gaucho is known for their food (especially their steaks) and so when I heard they’ll be offering brunch, I knew I had to check it out.

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El Gaucho’s Hunts Brunch is a delicious spin off from the historically late night brunch (1-4am, who eats that late!?) that’s tailored to fit Bellevue’s schedule with a dash of El Gaucho’s secret spice. The buffet includes everything from succulent pork belly to beautifully decorated chocolate mousse to a vast selection of different types of cheese.

Photo’s by: Jonelle T.

One of the musts of every brunch is a good cocktail or in El Gaucho’s brunch case, a sampler trio of mixed drinks (which included the Wicked Bloody Mary) that gives you that small little buzz everyone needs on a Sunday morning. Barrel-Aged Tequila Rita is an absolute must try (Gooooooood morning). Our tasting began with beignets. These deep fried, bite-size clouds of heaven, were paired with the light and fruity, in-house wine cream cheese. Sweet start to a delicious beginning. Next we moved on to the cheese filled croissant and the Egg Benedict tarts with Canadian bacon and spinach artichoke. Trust me you can’t just have one.

Another winner item was the Banana Foster French Toast with Carmel sauce and maple candied pecans. I am not fan of overly sweet things but the French toast was just right. The candied pecans added that perfect crunch and much needed nutty flavor. As if I didn’t have enough to eat, I decided to order one of their steaks which are available to order during brunch. My 8 oz, 28 day, dry aged filet mignon was prepared medium rare on El Gaucho’s charcoal grill which seared in a nice smoky wood flavor. The steak was accompanied by a Garlic and Rosemary sauce that made the steak that much more enjoyable. All in all my brunch experience at El Gaucho was more than satisfying. Adding to the experience was the beautifully designed and decorated space with live music. It made for a truly relaxed and comfortable setting.

El Gaucho Bellevue  |  450 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004,  |   Open 7 days a week

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