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Introducing Gusto at the Grand by Sean Connolly

Feb 20, 2014 Restaurants

Gusto 10 medium resJoining the award winning line-up of eateries on Federal Street, Gusto at the Grand (pronounced “guh-stoh”) is a rustic Italian restaurant showcasing simple food, classic flavours and fresh seasonal ingredients. With a menu designed by chef Sean Connolly, famed for the award winning The Grill by Sean Connolly in Auckland, The Morrison in Sydney plus his television show ‘My Family Feast’, Gusto offers the perfect spot to share delicious Italian dishes amongst friends and family. Sean’s food philosophy remains true in his latest venture –  keep the food simple and uncomplicated and let the fresh ingredients speak for themselves.

Paying homage to dine by Peter Gordon which formerly occupied the space, Gusto’s interior boasts beautiful Arabescato marble and gold onyx in-keeping with the beautiful chandeliers. Of particular note is the 4 metre long painting by Archibald prizewinner Jason Benjamin showcasing an incredible rendition of an octopus. The restaurant is welcoming and honest with an open kitchen and a pasta making station where you can watch the pasta being kneaded, molded and cut fresh for the restaurant.  A chef’s table is situated in the restaurant’s heart and is available for bookings of 6-8 people.  There is also a beautiful espresso bar and lounge area at the entrance where you can enjoy a fine coffee or a delicious health smoothie.

Gusto serves a European-influenced buffet and a cooked to order á la carte menu, including the mouth watering ricotta pancakes with manuka honey and vanilla butter, for breakfast. The lunch and dinner menu offers rustic Italian dishes that are full of flavour and designed to share. From smaller dishes such as the housemade ricotta with honey and roasted pine nuts to the medium dishes like the signature mushroom risotto or the large Acqua Pazza – a whole fish cooked in sea water, there is plenty to whet your appetite. There is also a delicious selection of cheeses and desserts on offer, including the popular and extremely well executed rum baba.

Gusto will be open seven days a week from 6.30am for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 22 February 2014.


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