We came to Gusto because it had been recommended by a taxi driver earlier in the day. We didn’t book, but secured a table fairly quickly. The menu was nice but not particularly inspiring – not one of those menus where you can’t decide because everything sounds amazing.
I hadn’t eaten oysters for a while so I chose half a dozen and my companion chose a smoked trout and potato pancake with beetroot relish, horseradish and dill butter.
The oysters were beautifully fresh and came with a nice onion and watermelon salsa – they definitely satisfied my oyster craving.
The pancake was delicious, with a full trout and potato flavour – a very nice dish where the flavours matched well.
For main I chose the salmon with a date and pistachio couscous, rocket and lemon. The fish was high quality, beautifully cooked, and the couscous was a nice amount and full of delicious complementary flavours.
My companion chose the spatchcock chicken with crispy prosciutto, a broad bean risotto, watercress and parmesan. He thoroughly enjoyed it – again lots of nice well-matched flavours and a well executed dish.
We enjoyed Gusto and would return, but I would like to see a much more appealing menu. The chef is clearly very talented, but the menu is lacking and maybe it’s the way that it is written or explained. I would also have liked a special option for the main course – a special starter was offered, but not a main. A very nice meal, but an underplayed menu.