Category Archives: Recipes & Tips

  • Lemon Cake with Blackberry Sauce and Almond Lace Cookies Recipe

    Blackberries and lemon are a match made in heaven, and with the added crunch from the almond lace cookies, this dessert is a crowd pleaser!  El Gaucho Portland Executive Chef Steve Cain created this sweet treat that is offered on our menus this spring.  If it’s a little daunting to try at home, let our […]

  • Char-Grilled Rainbow Carrots with Honey Thyme Glaze

    “Variety is the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor.” ~William Cowpers Add variety to your meal with this colorful and flavorful rainbow carrot side dish from AQUA by El Gaucho’s Executive Chef Wes Hood.  The combined ingredients give both a sweet and savory taste that will enhance your main course. Ingredients […]

  • Lamb Lollipop with Lavender Demi Sauce Recipe

    In the culinary world, lamb and spring are synonymous.  Jesus Boites, Executive Chef at El Gaucho Tacoma, created this fun and delicious recipe that can either be served as an appetizer or an entree.  You can find it on all El Gaucho and AQUA’s spring menus as a starter dish. Bon appetit! Serves 4 Lamb […]

  • 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 […]