As part of its refurbishment plans, the Gaucho Group has unveiled a new design at its flagship Piccadilly restaurant in central London.
Gaucho's creative director Patsy Godik created the new ground floor interior style, taking her inspiration from the ombu trees in Argentina and their soft grey colours, sculptural, swirling branches and roots and striking leaves. Walls feature criss-crossing curves of pale carved wood and panels with magnified capillaries of the ombu leaf. Soft lighting and mirrors peep through the wood carvings to give an "enchanted forest" feel to the space.
Refurbishment has already been completed on the restaurant's first and second floors, and will include the transformation of the lower ground floor area in early 2017. Reconfiguring the space previously occupied by the Cavas de Gaucho (wine room) and large bar area, the new layout has created additional dining space for 99 covers.
The ground floor restaurant area opens out through large glass doors along its entire length onto the covered pavement terrace, which has also been re-designed, with banquette seating for more flexible eating and drinking al fresco.
A substantial new private dining room and Cavas de Gaucho has been carved into previously unused space on the first floor, bringing the total on the site to four flexible-use spaces for corporate hire, private events and celebrations.
Gaucho Broadgate in east London is also set to have the new design, which will be completed by early September, but not all Gaucho restaurants will be have the new design.
Godik said: "The feel of our new interior is calming, contemporary and warm, and we're thrilled with the results. We have brought Argentinian nature further into a sophisticated, urban environment. It's a perfect contrast to the classic Gaucho style, with its homage to the home of Argentine beef.