Where Can You Find Argentinian Paella in Adelaide


August 24, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson

Where Can You Find Argentinian Paella in Adelaide?

At Gaucho’s Argentinian Char-Grill Restaurant located on Gouger Street in Adelaide of course!

For those who may not be familiar with Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant, it is a family owned South Australia business, with brothers Joe and Tony “at the helm.”

Hailed as “one of Australia’s pioneering Argentinian restaurants,” Gaucho’s “is one of South Australia’s most successful, award-winning restaurants” established in 1988 and is synonymous with “amazing char-grilled steaks.”

I can already hear you ask, “If Gaucho’s Argentinian Char-Grill Restaurant is know for its amazing steaks, why are they serving Argentinian Paella?”

A good question today!

Courtesy of owners Joe and Tony, and by invitation by Belinda of Neon Moose, I was invited to a Bloggers Dinner to experience the launch of Gaucho’s new Summer Menu, which features Argentinian Paella aka Paella De Mariscos, which includes “a wonderful, selection of South Australian seafood,” married with Calaspata rice, aged chorizo, with their own special family recipe, saffron, paprika and white wine!

Let’s get started on the sampling of foods, eh?
Antipasto-platter-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistI don’t know about you, but I enjoy starting a meal with an antipasto platter, as I think it is a “warm and welcoming” “starting conversations at the table” type of dish!

This Picada Con Berenjenas en Escabeche consisted of a selection of local South Australian salumi and house charcuterie with pickled eggplant, mustard and crostini.
You could taste the quality of the ingredients with every indulgent bite and the thinly sliced oxtail was an unusual delight, as it literally melted in my mouth! The slightly sour pickled eggplant, combined with the variety of cured meats, mustard and crostini, provided quite a variety of great tastes and textures.

Can you smell the Artisan Sourdough bread from where you are? I must admit I am a “dipper and a dunker” when it comes to “beautiful warm bread right from the oven,” as this was accompanied by extra virgin olive oil and organic sea salt; Olivia – warmed mixed olives with chili, paprika, lime and tequila were “a lovely starter” for me! The Beurrot 2013 Pinot Gris served was from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia and provided a “crisp, fresh, fruity” taste that was very refreshing; good choice!
Bread-dips-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelist Pinot-gris-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistI enjoy when you have a group of food bloggers together and or people who really appreciate and enjoy food and wine! When the Provoleta (a vegetarian dish) was served in a terracotta dish baked with melted cheese, roasted peppers and green chimichurri sauce, we all tried our best to guess what cheese was used and when the waitress explained it was provolone, several of us did the “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh” thing! This dish is best enjoyed while it is still piping hot, so one can “dunk and dip” their sourdough bread through the “ooey gooey” richness of the provolone cheese, combined with the roasted peppers and sauce! A good combination dish that did please!


Talking about sauce, Joe and Tony shared that what started off “as a kitchen creation,” has now resulted in a partnership with Beerengberg Family Farm, a local South Australian company, with “two of the most sought after products on the menu – the Chimmi and Diablo sauces.”; GUESS what came home with our group “as a courtesy” from Joe and Tony! South Australians, don’t despair, as you can now purchase the sauces online or at your local Foodland and other selected stores. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
The Empanadas de Carne aka traditional Argentinian pastries were filled with a “delightful and unique” combination of beef, olive, eggs and raisins! The pastry was “light and flaky as can be!” HIGHLY RECOMMEND
I loved that Tony shared the char-grilled pork and fennel Chorizo sausage is made “by a local butcher,” combined with their family secret spice recipe! Of course, what kind of food blogger and food lover would I be, if I didn’t ask them to share their family recipe? Psst…it’s still a secret! The quality and char-grilled taste of the chorizo sausage was thoroughly enjoyed with each bite!
Sausage-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistThe Bife de Chorizo 450 grams, grain fed New York Strip from Riverina, New South Wales, was aged 42 days and literally melted in my mouth! It was perfectly seasoned and done exactly how I love steak! The “juicy and delicious” steak, when combined with the chimichurri sauce, was a match made in “steak and sauce” heaven!
Steak-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistThe chorizo sausage and steak were enjoyed with both this 2011 Chianti Colli Fiorentini, a “fine and fruity, dry Chianti” with a unique flavor combination that compliments both of these dishes; RECOMMEND

I don’t want to give all of Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant’s food/wine secrets away, but I would suggest you try the 2010 Marcelo Pelleritti Reserve Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina!
Chianti-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistChianti-Malbec-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistThe feature on the night was indeed Paella de Mariscos; filled with a wonderful selection of fresh seafood, the dish can be ordered for a minimum or two or four people to enjoy! I can honestly say it is the best Paella I have tasted in a very long time and certainly since my arrival in Australia in 1997! The seafood was all cooked to perfection and I particularly enjoyed the prawns and calamari. The dish was perfectly seasoned with the subtle hint and flavor of the saffron/paprika combination and the aged chorizo provides an additional smokiness taste! The presentation is very appealing, but it is a very, very generous serving; this dish would serve 4 people!
Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelist Argentinian-paella-seafood-healthy-delicious-Adelaide-whatsonthelistThe Summer Menu selections were served with Calabaza – roasted butternet pumpkin with smoked butter and spiced pepitas, as well as Brocoli – fried broccoli with anchovy, chilli, garlic, pan grattato (breadcrumbs) and parmesan.
Roasted-pumpkin-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelist Broccoli-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistLast and certainly not least, was the warm Churros served with a choice of salted caramel sauce and raspberry sauce; salted caramel sauce was my choice!
Churros-Argentinian-paella-Adelaide-whatsonthelistGaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant has been successful in creating amazing steaks for 25+ years!

They are still around and Joe and Tony pride themselves “offering an unrivalled culinary experience” in South Australia!

While Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant is known for its steaks and wonderful hospitality, there’s a new dish in town on the Summer Menu, which expands “the passion and love” of their award winning restaurant — Argentinian Paella!

Bring your Appetite and enjoy!

Which of the above Summer Menu dishes would you like to try?

Where Can You Find Argentinian Paella in Adelaide:

Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant 2015
91 Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Telephone: 08 8231 2299

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116 thoughts on “Where Can You Find Argentinian Paella in Adelaide

  1. Joanne, I’m now making a second comment here! I was just passing by this restaurant the other day- I’m determined to order their Paella- looks so good!

  2. Gouger Street has the best restaurants. I’d love to go there. What a meal! Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to blogging. I think I’m back. 🙂

  3. What amazing food! Totally starving for paella now, LOL. Oh and Churros too!

  4. The food looks so scrumptious! Fabulous post!

  5. Oh, wow…everything looks absolutely scrumptious! 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  6. EVERY single thing looks absolutely AMAZING! No really I was trying to pick my favorite but I can’t. I love meals that are amazing from beginning to end and this looks like that kind of meal.

  7. The food at Gaucho’s looks amazing! It will definitely be on my list when I finally get to Adelaide! What a beautiful paella. Thank you for sharing this wonderful restaurant with us!

  8. Alyssa C says:

    Oh yummm! That food looks delicious! I definitely need to try that.

  9. Oh my goodness I’m so hungry now! Haha. That truly looks delicious. I love paella, so I’ll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Ummmm…. Can I have one of everything pictured please?!?! Everything looks beyond delicious! Making me hungry looking lol

  11. A terrific post and loving all the delicious dishes. Great food, wine and company is all you need. Thanks for sharing and wishing I lived in Australia.

  12. HilLesha says:

    Everything looks delicious! You always come up with the most unique, yet tasty recipes.

  13. The food at this restaurant looks great and I love how it’s authentically South American, right down to the churros. And they even have Argentinean wines! That’s great. I would love to dine in this restaurant and have the whole Argentinean experience xx

  14. Meagan says:

    This looks awesome! I would love to give it a shot and try it for myself. I love seafood too!

  15. I’ve had paella a few times and it’s wonderful. Just some basic ingredients creates such a rich dish!

  16. This looks like amazing food. I have never tried Gaucho’s before. I will have to see if there is a location near me.

  17. yumeating says:

    I love wine with meat and cheese platters. Yummmm. I am also a big fan of Chorizo meat. There is just something about a good quality Chorizo that really makes the meal that much better.

  18. Dia says:

    The food looks so amazing! I have never heard of Gaucho’s but I would love to go there. I wouldn’t be able to try the seafood because I have a shell fish allergy , but I could sample everything else. It looks like you had a great time and thank you for sharing.

  19. All of that food looks amazing!! I always fill up on bread though. That sourdough and the crostini looks incredible. NOM NOM!

  20. Everything looks so good. I love reading your blog because you teach me so many new recipes and especially about the different cuisines.

  21. Lynndee says:

    I certainly would like to try the paella first because I love seafood. Bet my husband would choose the same plus he would definitely would like some wine too. 🙂

  22. Erin says:

    Breakfast is barely over and I’m already wanting to eat this! Im so hungry now that I’ve seen all these amazing dishes!

  23. I love nights out. Especially when it involves amazing food. It looks like you had a great time and experienced some delectable food. Sounds like they have been around for a long time and are still serving great food, which is amazing!

  24. I love paella, it’s one of the popilar dishes from where I came from. I actually miss and even miss it now that I see your post!

  25. I love the simple graphics on the sauce bottles and the layout. I notice stuff like that because I used to be a typographer. Very clean labeling and the sauce inside looks delicious too!

  26. My mouth was actually watering the entire time I was reading that! I think Argentinian and Peruvian are some of the most underrated but BEST foods in the world. I totally love Argentinian steaks, omg. I lived on “Chori Pan” (sausage in bread, but delicious) while in Argentina 😀

  27. Alli says:

    My husband would dive right into that Paella de Mariscos! This looks like a fabulous place to dine. I also like that you can purchase the sauces online.

  28. lydiaf1963 says:

    Mmmmm…what a great combination of food and flavors. And I was excited to read that they used local ingredients cooked the Argentinian way.

  29. ascendingbutterfly says:

    As a Latina with some Spaniard roots I definitely love my paella and I am a huge seafood lover of course! I will definitely check out Gaucho’s Argentinian Restaurant when I visit Adelaide, thanks so much for this neat heads up! Wish I was there!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  30. Goodness gracious. All that seafood and those churros make me hungry! Seems like a fantastic restaurant.

  31. Oh my goodness! So much deliciousness! I would LOVE to try the paella!

  32. Ricci says:

    I am so hungry right now and all of this food looks amazing!! Great post!!

  33. Liz Mays says:

    Everything looks really good.My kids would be all over the seafood and the churros sound great too.

  34. I have never heard of Gaucho’s, but by the looks of that food it is delicious and a must visit place! I love sea food!! That first pic is awesome!

  35. Nancy says:

    Good gracious look at the feed you guys had. It looks all so good, my mouth is watering.

  36. All that food looks amazing!! Starting to get hungry.

  37. Debra says:

    My husband would love that diablo sauce! It sounds good!

  38. persnicketyplates says:

    Those churros are after my heart =)

  39. Melissa says:

    I would be perfectly content with the apps and a glass of wine for dinner at this place. I love to go places that have a variety of apps. I’m impressed that this place has been around so long they obviously know how to take care of their customers.

  40. Chasity Boatman says:

    Getting a bunch of food bloggers together sounds like it would be so much fun! It really says something about the business that they’ve been around for 25+ years. The food must be incredible.

  41. Ashley says:

    This food looks incredible! I think I could dine happily on the Provoleta and Malbec alone, that sounds absolutely amazing. The calabaza has me drooling, yum…

  42. I adore paella as well as Argentinian cuisine and your post is making me seriously hungry Joanne!

  43. Uhhh, wow. I’ve never tried anything listed here, but it all looks delicious and I’m almost drooling! Now who wants to cook this for me? Hahaha, we don’t have anything like this around here I don’t think. If we do, I need to go!

  44. Melanie says:

    So many delicious looking foods in one post!

  45. Joanne, everything sounds so delicious I am really sad I was not there to be able to share that dinner with you. All of the offerings sound so good and the wine! Everything sounds like it was quite fabulous. If I drop in to Adelaide we will have to go there together.

  46. The dipping sauce looks so good. You had me at cheese dip. 🙂

    The first photo of the pasta dish looks good too even though I haven’t had clams before. As long as the clams are cooked, I’d be willing to try them. I just don’t eat raw food, ewwww.

  47. Jeanette says:

    This food looks absolutely amazing! I do’t live close to this restaurant, but it is one worth checking out when I do! My dad loves Paella this would be a great place for him to try it!

  48. I would most certainly try the Empanadas and the Paella. Gaucho’s sounds like a great restaurant and how I wish there is one near me.

  49. Scott says:

    Those salamis look amazing. I can’t get anything close to that nice around here!

  50. heyitskaysways says:

    I’ve never had Argentinian food but everything sure does look delicious. The appetizer plate with the salami & bread (my weakness) yum! Love me some seafood and the rest of the meals also look divine!

  51. We love Argentinian food and the Gauchos are my favorite, everything looks so delicious. Thanks for the great post and beautiful photos! 😀

  52. I’m dying to get my hands on those sauces–I am always on the hunt for a new sauce to marinade in and I bet those are amazing! And those churros look like perfection!

  53. It looks like you had a wonderful dinner with other bloggers. My eyes were feasting on all these yumminess. Everything looks delectable from the appetizer to the dessert! I agree that the presentation of the Paella de Mariscos is very appealing.

  54. I think Calabaza looks amazing. I love butternut squash, and this looks like an amazing way to prepare it.

  55. Sage says:

    OMG, Joanne! That food looks delightful, and I’m a vegetarian, so that’s saying something : -)

    You had me at ‘artisan sourdough bread’ then you showed me that Provoleta! I have no chance of getting such a thing in Denmark, so I’m going to investigate a recipe to try myself. Roasted butternut is one of my favorite autumn vegetables, and I’ll bet the smoked butter made it even better! And those churros… and salted caramel sauce? I can only imagine how great that was!

  56. *drool* Looks so yummy that I’m seriously thinking about adding Adelaide to my travel-around-Australia-plans. I haven’t had Argentinean paella, but have had plenty of Spanish which is obviously amazing. Do u know the difference between the Argentinean and Spanish?

  57. That paella dish is to die for! I never miss out on ordering that whenever I get into a Mexican/Spanish restaurant. It has everything I love in it!

  58. There’s nothing like a really good paella! And there are so many so-so ones too. Sounds like they do a great one!

  59. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I love Churros, but I have never had them served with a sauce before. I think I have been missing out. Raspberry sauce…YUM!

  60. Gee, I remember eating there in the late 1980’s- amazing they are still going strong. I remember they served huge platters of meat that was sizzling as it was brought to the table. Their variety of food looks amazing! Thanks Joanne..

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