Gusto have restaurants all over the UK but I always find a visit feels more glam than just another generic chain option. This is probably thanks to a stylish decor which includes trees adorned with fairy lights to create a more intimate feel.
I went along to the Glasgow restaurant with my sister to check out the new vegan additions to their menu.
There is a “while you ponder” section on the menu, essentially a pre-starter to nibble on, which is perfect for those who like to take their time or just a greedy girl like me.
I couldn’t resist the Gusto Dough Petals, the vegan option had tomato, crispy shallots and homemade romesco mayo (£4.50). Oh my God, they were absolutely delicious. Seriously, deee-licious. As I write this I want more…
Other tempting options include marinated olives (£3.50), rosemary focaccia bread (£3.95), bruchetta (£4.95) and two garlic pizza bread options (£4.95/£3.75). Quite frankly, I would have happily ate every single one of them!
Only a couple of vegan starter options; warm mushroom crostini (£5.95) or hummus served with crispy flatbreads (£4.95). My friend recently visited the Liverpool restaurant and really raved about the crostini. Since my sister isn’t into mushrooms we decided to share the hummus instead and the presentation was simply gorgeous.
The vegan main option was oven roasted cauliflower (£10.25) topped with almonds and seeds, tomato coulis and a salad of pickled vegetables. I love roasted cauliflower and the way it soaks up any flavour, if you don’t already then you really need to start cooking more with the humble cauliflower.
Fresh dough is made from scratch every morning at Gusto for their pizzas so it seemed rude not to try it! The Vegano pizza (£10.50) comes with a tomato base, courgette, pine nuts, caramelised onion, roast peppers, cauliflower rice and rocket. This completely exceeded my expectations, the colourful mix of tasty sweet veg provided so much flavour. My sister isn’t even vegan and said she would order this again too so definitely a thumbs up.
Rigatoni Arrabbiata (£9.75) with tomato, chilli and fresh basil is a favourite of mine, what’s not to love about something spicy and comforting? We ordered a half portion to share and the pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, over cooked pasta is a pet peeve of mine.
Another vegan pasta option was the Spaghetti Verdi (£10.50) with a Summery mix of peas, pea shoots, soya and French beans. Another friend of mine messaged recently to tell me how much she had enjoyed this dish but as I said before I’m a spice girl.
The Rainbow Superfood Salad (£11.95) with avocado, chickpea, spiced pumpkin seeds and crispy flatbreads certainly proves salads don’t have to be boring but Saturday nights are not for eating salads.
Vegan sides were French beans with shallots (£3.75) or baked rosemary and garlic potatoes (£3.75). Strangely the skin on fries weren’t vegan but I’m guessing this is because they are dusted with an Italian seasoning. My sadness surrounding this was quickly forgotten by the baked rosemary and garlic potatoes melting in my mouth.
As well as a good selection of vegan food options, they also boast an exciting drinks menu. I love a good gin and was absolutely spoiled for choice. I opted for a Brockmans Gin with Fentimans rose lemonade which was served with blueberries and flowers, it went down a treat and my glass was nearly the size of my head! I can’t remember exactly what my sister was drinking (as I said, I had a large gin) but it certainly got a gold star for presentation too.
Gusto generously covered my bill but I was honestly so impressed with everything we tried that I’ve already got another visit with my girls in the diary! I’ll be ordering the dough petals and pizza FYI, oh and a gin or two…
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