Skapa PR were lovely enough to set up a dinner for me and a guest (I took along the BF as he's never one to say no to trying a new restaurant) at the brand spankin' new Gusto Glasgow. I'd spied the new eatery on Bothwell Street when it first opened and have been dying to try it out, so of course jumped at the chance and said YES! while already browsing the mouth-watering menu.
I'd always been intrigued by the new spot they'd transformed just up from my office and have always wanted to join the Suits at 5pm Friday sipping cold fizz on the terrace in the sunshine, embraced by classic white parasol, umbrellas. It serves up Italian brasserie staples from its classic and contemporary Italian menu, using fresh and simple ingredients to create gorgeously simple and sophisticated dishes.
Inspired by the traditional grand cafes of Europe, "Gusto is all about making the everyday exquisite". And as soon as you enter the double doors, you're transported to somewhere that's just a bit special.
The decor is timeless and classic, with art deco touches transporting you to a Gatsby-esque world that is sophisticated and elegant, making you wish you were wearing a 1920s fringed dress and pearls. There is also definite Italian styling in the tan leather booths and marble tops, perfectly emulating the bustling cafes of Rome. You can almost imagine that you're on the set of Roman Holiday and Audrey Hepburn is giggling delightfully at a table beside you, the Vespa waiting outside.
But, just as we were drinking it all in we spotted the large central square bar, overflowing with bottles and promises of something amazing. So of course we made a beeline for it!
Just as the last bubble disappeared we were led to our table.
We sat at the big windows, bathed in light (even though it was more grey-light from the rain) and could watch the world go buy, I love nothing more. Now that we'd had time to explore the simply spectacular cocktail list at the kind insistence of the staff we made our selections. I had an Elderflower and Peach Martini (Peach purée, elderflower liquor, grey goose, lemon and gimme shaken in a martini glass - subtle with a lovely bright finish.) It was delicious, really light and refreshing. The BF went for a Negroni (Equal measures of Tanqueray 10, Antiqua Formula Vermouth and Campari). Yup basically just a gin mixture.
In the end though I went for Home cured salmon tartare and quails egg with crème fraîche and red gazpacho. It was so light and everything merged together really well, really fresh and simply delicious. I might even go as far as to say the starter could have been my favourite course. It was the perfect portion size and just set me up perfectly.
The BF went for Tiger prawns in a garlic, tomato and cream sauce with grilled ciabatta. It was met with delighted mmmmmmm's and I managed to sneak a bite and thoroughly agreed - so good.
But, more importantly the food!
I had Rigatoni Primavera with summer vegetables, pine nuts, crème fraîche and grana padano (an Italian cheese) with chicken. I changed my mind last minute when I ordered as I just fancied the summer veg and pine nuts. It just sounded so fresh and simple that it couldn't fail be delicious and it really was. It was a simple, but elegant dish that was just really a delight to eat.
I'd heard about this dessert before and it had my mouth-watering straight away - Nutella and mascarpone calzone with vanilla ice cream. It was a deliciously messy dessert that melted in your mouth and filled you with a gorgeously chocolate amazingness. It melted all over the plate and the mixture that was left was simply beautiful.
Get your Italian taste-buds ready and head to Gusto Glasgow!
***This is a promotional post, but all views are my own. Obvs.