Friday, 5 May 2017

Gusto, Leeds

Gusto Leeds Candlestick


Gusto is a strong addition to the Leeds restaurant scene and I was lucky enough to be invited to a menu tasting with a group of lovely bloggers recently. Situated on Greek Street, which is, let’s be honest one of the best areas of Leeds for food and drink right now, Gusto has been in Leeds for nearly a year, but this was my first visit to the restaurant. I was excited to go try their new menu, explore somewhere new, and of course, catch up with some lovely blogger faces for the evening.


Gusto Leeds sharing plate


We started with a cocktail and went for something a little different to usual and opted for a sweet and fruity drink, the Strawberry and Kiwi Sling, which is Bacardi Carta Blanca, kiwis and strawberries, with strawberry liqueur, lemon juice and splash of soda. This is sweeter than what I’d usually go for, but it was refreshing and fruity.


Gusto Leeds strawberry and kiwi cocktail


I decided to go for the plum tomato and basil tartlet for my starter and I was really impressed at how flavoursome it was – the tomatoes were delicious and perfectly complimented the filo pastry base. It wasn’t what I expected as it was layered over the base, rather than in a pastry case but it is something I would definitely order again. As vegetarian options go, I was impressed by the variation they had on the menu, and despite not being a veggie myself, it’s something I’d choose.


Gusto Leeds tomato and basil tart


For mains, I went for the beef fillet carpaccio salad, which was served with garlic and rosemary roast potatoes. I’ve started eating beef a lot more recently (usually I always go for chicken), and this was thiny sliced and cooked perfectly medium rare. Again, a dish which was full of flavour and a slightly lighter option when having three courses. The potatoes it was served with were also absolutely delicious and very garlicky which I loved (disclaimer, no vampires approached me on the way home and I can see why).


Gusto Leeds beef salad


When it came to dessert, I was torn between the vanilla pana cotta and the cheese board but opted for the sweet option. It was creamy and very strongly vanilla flavoured which I enjoyed and a lovely light way to end the meal. It was accompanied by strawberries which were dressed in aged balsamic – not a flavour combination I’ve ever come across, but one that I’m definitely a fan of.


Gusto Leeds vanilla pana cotta


I was really impressed by Gusto’s Spring menu offerings, it’s definitely somewhere I’d head back to as I’m keen to try their pizza and pasta dishes too. Have you ever been to Gusto? Let me know in the comments.



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  1. I've not been to the Leeds Centre Gusto, but I've been to the one in Cookridge a couple of times and I LOVE it there - never had a bad meal, and the cocktails are always a bit special too! x

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