Gusto at the Grand restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Gusto at the Grand is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best All-Day Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

Swan past the front desk of SkyCity’s Grand Hotel to arrive at a charismatic trattoria, the cavernous room rather grand and its dishes delivering a fair bit of gusto (taste). In true Italian fashion, the menu fits right to the edge of the page and all dishes are made to share with the table, so spread your choices around the crudita, antipasti, primi, secondi and contorni. It can be a bit overwhelming, so our advice is to build a meal up around your choice of meat or pasta: the intensely comforting pappardelle, duck and pea ragu pairs well with the veal cutlet, while the gently falling-apart beef cheeks would do well with a plainer pairing. If you’re too full for dessert, ask for a single sweet ricotta cannoli – a satisfying crunch of crisp shell and decadent filling that caps off the meal nicely – and, if you’re not, the rum baba is excellent.

What it offers: Shared-plate options / À la carte / Set-menu options / Good for vegetarians / Takes large groups / Good for kids / Bar

A favourite dish: Scampi crudi with chilli and lime

Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$
Chef: Sean Connolly

Central City
SkyCity Grand Hotel
90 Federal Street
Ph 363-7030
skycityauckland.co.nz



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