As the time drew near, I must confess to wondering how many people might turn up with dogs, or would we be the only table with one greedy labrador and a mischievous Bichon puppy disgracing ourselves in the corner as George (the labrador attempted every trick in the book to swipe a steak from our plates. However on arrival, it was clear that this event was going to be extremely entertaining...
On arrival at Gaucho, the Dogs Dinner guests had their very own entrance to the side of the restaurant complete with welcome hosts, a red carpet and a very large bowl of dog treats to spoil the dogs! And as we walked along the red carpet there was a lady 'papping' us and the pooches.
At the end of the red carpet, Gaucho had set up a small table for the dogs to be photographed at (pictured above), fully laid with cutlery and napkins and bowls full of rawhide bones. Its fair to say George was not sure which bone to grab, and in his true style, given the opportunity he probably would have tried to pick up both in one go! Ellie on the other hand seemed much more interested in greeting every single waiter.
We were seated at our table, and our wonderful waiter gave us a run down of the meal... ceviche samplers to start, followed by steak cooked to our choice and a glass of champagne or cocktail. I opted for the delicious cocktail, the rest of the family went for champagne. The food for us was perfect, however the dogs dinner looked almost tastier and I must admit to being tempted to have a nibble.
Anyone who has been to Gaucho will know that the waiters usually will bring around a slate board with the different types of steak on offer. Well rather than steak, the board was used to showcase the dogs offerings... chicken empanada, beef empanada or a minced beef roll. Our options were one, one of each, 2 of each, 2 of one type... or basically as many as we wanted for the dogs. Due to George's allergies and there being a few oats in the roll we opted for the empanadas, 2 beef and one chicken EACH! George's disappeared in a flash, and knowing his like for food and the fact that the waiters came round frequently with another bowl of treats, we saved one for today.
The staff were unbelievably friendly and helpful, and all seemed rather charmed with George and kept joking that he looked like Jorge the manager. The dogs were wonderfully behaved and whilst we were there, there were no disagreements. There was such a variety of dogs... a Shiba Inu called Raiu, Cookie a staffie, Kipper a spaniel and many many more, large and small.
It was a fabulous lunch, and a massive thank you to Gaucho for the spread but also for the goody bags supplied by Hair of the Dog London which included a size appropriate toy for both Ellie and George, a grooming voucher, and a copy of Dogs Today magazine.
Fingers crossed they host another of these lunches soon... both George and Ellie loved it and we all left very full and ready for a little kip... which as you can see below George started in the car on the way home!