Gusto, Edinburgh: The Review

9 June 2015

As you might have gathered from my Instagram, I had my first visit to Gusto* on Edinburgh's George Street recently. As a chain of Italian restaurants across Scotland and Northern England, from the outset Gusto is a contemporary stylish take on traditional Italian dining. They pride themselves on being:
"Inspired by the traditional grand cafes of Europe, Gusto is all about making the everyday exquisite. See, we believe being grand doesn't have to be a big deal."
But, what did I think of my first time dining there..? Find out below.

Gusto Edinburgh Review

Gusto Edinburgh Review
On entering, me and Gillian were seated at a comfy booth in a tucked away corner at the back of the restaurant, next to the buzzing kitchen area. We were a little gutted about that; the kitchen being fairly crazy and us not being able to enjoy the rest of the restaurant itself was a distraction from our experience. However, we were well tended to by the waiters, who quickly took our order for drinks and talked us through the menu.

Gusto Edinburgh Review

To start, we both decided to share a plate of the Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil. Despite the bread being a little too hard to chew, the tomatoes and basil with olive oil and garlic were really tasty. For my main, I decided to opt for the Oven Baked Homemade Lasagne from the A La Carte menu. Lasagne is definitely my favourite dish ever (fact!), so I couldn't resist trying out Gusto's take on the classic. Gillian opted for the White Crab, Chilli, Garlic and Fresh Lemon Spaghetti.

Gusto Edinburgh Review
Oven Baked Homemade Lasagne
Gusto Edinburgh Review
White Crab, Chilli, Garlic and Fresh Lemon Spaghetti
Our mains were really lovely and we had no complaints to make on this front. My lasagne was piping hot, creamy and tasted delish. After tucking into our mains and feeling suitably stuffed, we decided to go for dessert so we could see if their desserts matched up. And, oh boy, were we in luck..

Gusto Edinburgh Review

Gusto Edinburgh Review
Lemon Sorbet

Gusto Edinburgh Review
Strawberry and Passion Fruit Mess
We decided to share between our two desserts.. it was a crazy hot evening so a spoonful of lemon sorbet went down a treat alongside the piece de resistance: the Strawberry and Passion Fruit Mess. Oh, guys.. this dessert was so good! What I'd do for a little bit of this right now as I'm typing away at my laptop.. The meringue was as it should be; crunchy with a soft centre. The fruit coulis was perfectly sweet and moreish. The added passion fruit flavoured jelly cubes on the side were a cute little addition to the dish too. I certainly recommend trying this out if you like a twist on the Eton Mess classic.

Gusto Edinburgh Review
To treat ourselves, after dessert, we decided to try out Gusto's cocktail menu. Hey, we can't help ourselves, oops.. I chose the classic Bellini, whilst Gillian sipped away on the Strawberry and Vanilla Martini. Again, no complaints here. The cocktails were really tasty and a great end to our evening at Gusto.

Gusto Edinburgh Review
All in all, Gusto was a perfectly reasonable choice for a mid-week outing. As it's Edinburgh, however, there are just many other restaurants on offer that would pip Gusto to the post for a special occasion or quirky dining experience. Both of us agreed there was just something missing. Maybe it's the genuine passion that goes into the food and ambience of many restaurants we visit here in the city that Gusto lacked. If you're looking for an easy breezy no-frills dinner to "make the everyday exquisite" in a city centre location, however, Gusto is a rather good choice.

Gusto Edinburgh
135 George St

0131 225 2555

Have you visited Gusto in your own city? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below.


* I was offered a meal for two - excluding drinks - at Gusto's Edinburgh branch. As always, the opinions you read here are my own and I was not paid to write this post.


Thanks for reading! x