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Get Down to Gusto & Sample The New Menu

December 9, 2010

Gusto Didsbury, although part of a small chain, still retains that feel of being completely independent. It’s the kind of restaurant where you can pop in after work for a pizza and a glass of wine, or slip into a glamorous LBD and party on a Saturday evening. It’s also the kind of restaurant where the food and service are always the same – excellent.

Gusto, Didsbury

Gusto, Didsbury

We went along on a cold Tuesday evening. It was early. It was the start of the week, the kind of time when restaurants are usually a bit on the quiet side. However, Gusto had a lovely buzz about it, with a mix of after work diners, families and couples. The new menu had just been released and we’d decided to give it a go.

The main problem I found with the new menu, was that it was just so extensive! Every time I thought I’d made my mind up, a waiter would whoosh past with a dish that sent me straight back to the menu. The pizza menu has been re-vamped with new varieties such as The Caspian and The Peking, but still retaining popular favourites as the Fiorentina and the Caprino. Dishes such as the Spaghetti Vongole (clams) and Home Smoked Duck Tagliatelle join the pasta classics. The Con Amici option no longer features but the new dishes more than make up for this!

Our starters included the Tuscan Winter Soup and delicious home made bread – perfect for a cold Tuesday evening – Calamari and Tiger Prawns in a garlic, tomato and cream sauce. As we all dipped into each others dishes, it’s safe to say all three were deliciously fresh. Presentation is a real future of Gusto’s service – rustic wooden platters and serving plates added to the feeling that this restaurant pays close attention to all details. Main courses were timed really well. Sometimes, mains arrive just as you’ve eaten the last mouthful of your starter – never good in my book. We have time to digest and chat – very good in my book.

The Chicken Breast served with a wild mushroom and cream sauce was divine. Perfectly cooked – and a massive portion! Very rich, too. Proper comfort food. The Pork Belly with buttered crushed potato, home made apple sauce and red wine jus went down a storm, as did the Sirloin Steak with gorgonzola, spinach and red wine sauce. Our waiter was really attentive, but didn’t do that awful hovering that you sometimes get. He just knew when to turn up at the table. Another plus point.

Gusto Didsbury

Gusto Didsbury

Sadly, two of us had to pass on the desserts. As gorgeous and tempting as they were, we were simply too full. However, the Sticky Toffee Pudding did tempt one of us. Even though two spoons were asked for, I didn’t get a look in. Although it has been reported that said pudding was “amazing”!

So – verdict on new menu?

Excellent. Tonnes of choice – some may say too much, but if you’re not in a hurry, it’s a nice problem to have! Great to see that some old favourites are still on there, as well as some really inventive new dishes. It’s also great to see that Gusto is responding to fairly harsh economic times with really sensible pricing with most pasta and pizza dishes coming in at well under £10. And – come January you can dine in style for even less, when the 50% sale* kicks in…

* Please note that terms and conditions apply

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