The guys at Gusto really know what they’re doing when it comes to stylish, city-centre dining. If it’s not the vibrant Quayside location or the immaculate interiors that blow you away, it’s the friendly faces behind the counter or the mouthwatering meals on offer. It’s a real box-ticker when it comes to finding somewhere to suit everyones style, savour and squad arrangements, whether you’re a family looking for somewhere to keep the kids happy, a group of girlfriends looking to sit back and sip on the terrace, or a couple checking in an intimate evening of good grub and fine wine.
Smiling staff greeted us as we stepped inside on a sunny weekday afternoon. It’s a modern, inviting hangout, with sweeping fairy lights, an olive tree towering over the tables and a bustling bar area where mixologists get to work muddling up signature concoctions and pour great quality bubbly.
Tons of fizz, red, rosé and white wine, plus a menu filled to the brim with classy cocktails.
We love the pasta on offer here, but if linguine ain’t your thing, there are plenty of other tasty options to choose from. Diners can start with breads, nibbles and deli boards; followed by salads, risottos, pizzas, burgers, fresh fish and premium steaks.
What we ate
Seated, watered and ready to eat the world, we order from the main menu and the specials menu. We kick things off with the hand rolled meatballs (£6.50), served in a creamy tomato sauce, glazed with punchy Italian cheese. Every last melt-in-the-mouth meatball is scooped up with chargrilled artisan bread. With a taste of spicy tomato in the palate, our chum goes for the garganelli arrabiata (£10.75) when it comes to the main event. A signature pasta dish with added spice for good measure. The gluten-free pasta pieces are topped with chicken, tomato, chilli, mozzarella and fresh basil. It’s the lobster spaghetti (£21.95) from the specials menu for us; a bowl filled to the brim with fresh spaghetti, prawn and lobster, tossed in a lobster bisque sauce. It’s light, it’s flavoursome and it goes down an absolute treat. If our quintessential Quayside isn’t already the perfect place to hangout with loved ones, book in at Gusto for a sumptuous dinner and signature sips.