I don’t know about you, but I remember when this place was Est, Est, Est.
Ready for a sob story? When I lived in Newcastle, I used to go to Gusto quite a lot, why? Because they used to sell this beautiful truffle pizza with a cream sauce and delicious mushrooms, get your tissues ready – it is now no longer on the menu.
Now that we have got that out of the way, Gusto has launched a Spring menu and I was asked to check it out.
Within seconds, my eyes were on the prize, or as I like to call it – cheese.
There are two antipasti options amongst the starters and we thought it would be good to order both so we could try a little bit of each others.
We had The Meat Board – prosciutto ham, salami soppressa and coppa, and The Fondue Board – truffled toma cheese fondue with celery, carrot and artisan bread.
These were perfect sharing starters, the meat board was filled with flavour and there were no flaws to the fondue. There’s something about antipasti that is just so easy, tasty and perfect, especially when you add melted cheese to the picture.
I’m not kidding when I say we scraped that fondue dish, it’s important to get that last little bit of melted cheese.
For the main course, we ordered the Pan Roast Duck Breast with braised fennel and orange and the Maple Glazed Salmon Fillet with pickled cucumber and creme fraiche.
Each component was cooked perfectly on the duck dish, but it was bland. There was nothing wrong with it yet it was completely missing a pizzaz of some kind.
I chose the salmon due to the mention of ‘maple glaze’, I couldn’t quite taste the glaze as the flavour was taken over by the pool of creme fraiche underneath. The salmon was cooked well and the dish as a whole was light, but the creme fraiche would have been better in a separate dish or in a smaller amount.
We also ordered two sides as the waitress said it would be good for us to have an accompaniment so we chose the Italian Fried Courgettes and Polenta Chips.
The waitress and I both attempted to explain what polenta chips were – it was actually quite hard. The best I could come up with was – “It’s polenta….as a chip” or “It doesn’t matter you will like it.”
The fried courgettes were the favourite out of the two, being crispy, perfectly salted and very moreish.
We weren’t going to order a dessert but the waitress once again convinced us (she was great the whole night, and at some points hilarious) so we ordered the Vanilla Flavoured Panna Cotta with strawberries and aged balsamic and the Gusto Tiramisu.
Although we thought we were full and both said that ‘we’ll just try a bit of the dessert’, we were clearly not full and devoured everything.
The panna cotta was light, packed with vanilla and definitely a great end to a heavy meal. The balsamic was unnecessary and brought nothing to the dish.
The tiramisu was gorgeous, again, another light dessert. It had a dash of chocolate, a twist of coffee and the cream wasn’t overpowering. A perfect ending.
We agreed we could have happily skipped the main course and just had starter and dessert, maybe next time.
Have you been to Gusto? What did you think?
Price: 3/5 – I received this meal for free however it would have cost –
The Meat Board £8.50, The Fondue Board £6.95, Duck £15.95, Salmon £15.25, Panna Cotta £5.50 and Tiramisu £6.25
Recommend: This one is a people pleaser, the menu is so big there is something for everyone.
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