- Telephone 0131 225 2555
- Bar open Sun–Wed 10.30am–11pm; Thu–Sat 10.30am–midnight
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm. [Extended in Festival].
- Average price £20 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.gustorestaurants.uk.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Gusto’s location at the west end of George Street makes it an ideal daytime halt for shoppers and a popular evening venue for diners of all ages. Italian film icons gaze from a gallery of monochrome prints that spans one wall, while the facing mirrors add light to a room that features tables in a range of shapes and sizes. Friendly waiting staff and a well-drilled kitchen offer slick service and food displaying a high degree of imagination. Examples are a tiger prawn starter in a rich tomato sauce and baby scallops in hazelnut butter complemented by an avocado accompaniment. Alongside the pizza and pasta options are mains that range from succulent steaks packed with flavour to a not-so-typical moist chicken breast that is delivered to the table then cut from the pastry in which it has been cooked – side dishes are extra. It’s worth leaving room for desserts such as a traditional Italian affogato and the less well-known bombalini, an indulgent dish of hot mini doughnuts served with dipping chocolate.
- High point: Lively atmosphere without being too noisy
- Low point: Limited space between some tables
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- Private dining: 70 (on mezzanine)
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Contemporary pop
- Capacity: 200
- Largest group: 42 or 70 or 200
- Open since: Nov 2007
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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