So there’s an all new, all day, Sunday set menu at Gusto – 2 or 3 courses for the ridiculously reasonable £16.95 or £19.95 respectively. We headed on down to their Didsbury site one sunny Sunday to sample for ourselves.
Set menus, like tasting menus, are a welcome sight when they are done well. This one is small but perfectly formed (x3 starters, x5 mains, x3 desserts) and that’s exactly what like we like to see, no disappointment but also no huge dilemmas.
We kicked off with their Homemade Chicken Liver Pate, served with red onion & cranberry chutney and baked artisan bread, alongside a portion of the Bruschetta of Smoked Haddock and Leek topped with a poached egg and lightly dressed with chive oil. Nice crispy bread was perfect with both plus the soft egg gives that Sunday brunch vibe. If you’re only going for a couple of courses these are the ones you want.
Main course wise there are a couple more options, we guess the pork and beef are going to be the best sellers here so we go for the Grilled Sirloin of Beef with glazed baby carrots and roast potatoes with red wine jus but just to mix things up and also continue the leek theme from the starters we order the Leek and Spinach Cannelloni with a lightly spiced tomato coulis served with sautéed wild mushrooms. Generous portions of each with well-cooked and seasoned meat but the cannelloni wins, the spicy tomatoes just worked excellently with the mushrooms.
Third and final course and it’s time for a pair of pudds. One of our number had never tried banoffee pie so that made that decision easy, then it’s between Raspberry and Almond Frangipane and Dark Chocolate Mousee with Biscotti topped with orange chantilly cream. Our server didn’t need to think twice before choosing the chocolate as her favourite.
The Homemade Banoffee Pie with salted caramel syrup on a biscuit crumb base was deliciously sticky yet fresh and fruity thanks to the banana. The mousee tastes similarly exotic with that kick of orange and the rich dark chocolate really tops off the meal excellently.
A perfect lunch sat on a suburban terrace, enjoying the British summer time watching the world go by. The staff whilst really helpful and attentive also leave you to enjoy things at your own pace, nobody wants three courses thrown at them and a quick turn around on tables when they’re trying to make the most of what is left of their weekend.
We frequent Gusto’s city centre restaurant for business and pleasure a lot midweek – its location and interiors are ideal for both work and afterwards. However we reckon for the weekend and for the money this new Sunday menu maybe is best suited to the more suburban sites like Knutsford and Didsbury – the affordability factor really does make it an option as a regular family/friends fixture and should make Gusto them feel like a local neighbourhood restaurant than an occasion venue or a part of a bigger chain.
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