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Argentine Tea and Cake Menu Launched at Gaucho

Gaucho has launched a new afternoon tea and cake tasting menu matching Argentine cakes with traditional Maté teas and wines from Argentina. The six pairings will be available for guests to enjoy at two of their restaurants - on the newly pedestrianised terrace at Gaucho, Piccadilly and on the terrace at Gaucho at the O2 Centre from 1st August.

The menu will be offered during the afternoon over the summer months and guests will be able to choose from:
• Pear and Almond Tart with Maté Cedrón or Luigi Bosca Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2006
• Dulce de Leche and Mascarpone Sponge with Té negro and rosehip or Zuccardi Serie A Malbec Rosé
• Alfajores with traditional Maté or Zuccardi Torrontes Tardio (Late Harvest) 2007
• Chocolate Tres Leche with Té negro or Zuccardi Malamado (Port Style)
• Chocolate Truffle Cake with Té negro with cinnamon and clove or Terruño Alto Cabernet Malbec 2006
• Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Maté Cocido or Familia Schroeder Late Harvest Sparkling Torrontes from Patagonia

Each of these traditional Argentine will be made fresh each day by the pastry chefs, at Gaucho and will be available for £10 for the cake and maté option or £13 for cake and wine. These are the combinations recommended by the team at Gaucho but mix and match options will be available.

11th July 2008
For more details or a chance to taste the combinations, please contact Rosamund Hitchcock at R&R Teamwork,
e: Rosamund@randr.co.uk,
t: 020 7384 1333


Maté is an infusion drink popular in South America and especially Argentina. It is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba maté in hot water. The yerba in Argentine maté contains twigs as the followers of this beverage believe that in addition to providing thickness to the drink, it contributes with nutritional and mineral values transmitted by the soil through the roots and the leaf stems.

In South America, Maté is also the name of the drinking vessel used to consume the drink. In Argentina, the mouth of the maté is small, therefore the heat of the beverage is maintained.

“Matéar” is a verb that refers to gathering and drinking maté as the consumption of maté takes place in groups and it is led by a person called “cebador” (the one pouring the water into the maté).

Alfajores are the most traditional sweet snack of Argentina. 6 million are eaten daily. Some claim that they are a traditional Cymric (Welsh) baked cake originating in Patagonia.

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