Category Archives: Recipes & Tips

  • Watercress and Fennel Salad Recipe

    It’s summertime, and who doesn’t love a light and satisfying salad to munch on?  El Gaucho Tacoma Executive Chef Jesus Boites created this oh-so easy but flavorsome salad which is featured on our menus this summer.  The Dijon mustard gives the salad a wonderful balance against the refreshing and crunchy fennel, and the goat cheese […]

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart Recipe

    Sweeten your summer with this delicious dessert. The sweetness of the strawberries mellows the tartness of the rhubarb, which is why they are a classic culinary pair. Combine that with a fabulous almond crust and you’ve got yourself a quintessential northwest summer treat. AQUA by El Gaucho’s pastry chef, Ali Green, created this wonderful dish […]

  • Lamb T-Bone with Mint, Parsley and Lemon Gremolata

    In the culinary world, spring and lamb are synonymous. AQUA by El Gaucho Executive Chef Wes Hood has created a Mediterranean style lamb dish that is full of flavor. The mint-parsley-lemon gremolata is a refreshing complement to lamb’s fresh and grassy flavor. One tip: since this is a bone-in cut and lamb is more dense […]

  • Arugula and Shaved Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

    The sun is peeking out in the Pacific Northwest which means summer is almost here! If you’re looking to shed a few pounds before swimsuit season fully arrives, then add this recipe to your eating plan. It’s easy and quick to make (no need to roast the beets) and to top it off, it’s healthy […]

  • Sautéed Kale Recipe

    Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, and has been touted to support detoxification in the body, as well as associated with risk-lowering benefits of cancer. Health aside, it can also be delicious! El Gaucho Portland Executive Chef Steve Cain has created this easy, no-guilt recipe that is sure to become one […]

  • Side of Springtime Recipe

    Spring to life with us and enjoy all of bounty of spring! AQUA by El Gaucho Chef Wes Hood created this bright and healthy recipe and is excited to share it with you to try at home. This dish will be featured on our menus through June and is a great excuse to stock up on […]

  • Truffle Butter Poached Maine Lobster Recipe

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re the type who’s more for staying in and cooking an indulgent meal rather than dining out, we have a recipe that is sure to dazzle your Valentine. Look no further for the perfect, decadent dish – our Truffle Butter Poached Maine Lobster. Paired with a béarnaise […]

  • Black Truffle Gnocchi Recipe

    For the month of January, we are highlighting the decadent black truffle on our menus with three fabulous preparations. The black truffle is the fruiting body of a fungus that is typically found 4”-12” below the surface, making it difficult to locate, which is one of the reasons why it’s one of the most expensive […]

  • Niman Ranch Pork Tomahawk Recipe

    Looking for the perfect recipe to serve for the holidays? Our Pork Tomahawk is sure to delight everyone at your holiday table.  The Bing Cherry Amaretto glaze coupled with the Brussels sprouts create a festive treat for the eyes – and the belly. Ingredients: 14 oz tomahawk pork 3 fl oz Cherry-Amaretto Glaze Sauce, warm […]

  • Current Menu Feature- Miso Marinated Black Cod

    Black cod is in season in the Pacific Northwest, and if you have not tried this delicious variety, now is your chance! Also known as a sablefish, this soft-textured and mildly flavored fish is considered a delicacy in many countries. The meat has a high oil content, containing about as much omega 3s as wild […]