Challenger Number 8: Gusto
Location: Albert Dock
Twitter: @Gusto_ Liverpool
Approaching the end of our mission to track down Liverpool’s Best Burger, we wondered whether decadent, atmospheric Gusto could churn out an equally decadent burger.
With a poorly Jake and a stuck at work Sarah, we were 2 scranners down but us girls carried on regardless.
Sultry lighting, an elegant ambiance and with views of the Albert Dock, Gusto certainly promised big things. And they didn’t disappoint!
To get us in the mood for a special dining experience, we were introduced to cocktail aficionados and master barmen Sam and John who were ready to dazzle us with a Bellini masterclass!
These guys sure know their stuff and a cocktail masterclass is worth coming to Gusto for alone. We never knew so many ingredients went into making a Bellini!
We were shown how to make a Bellini using peach puree and peach schnapps (shocked to discover white chocolate was used to make the peach puree!), a strawberry Bellini and a Grey Goose La Fee.
The Grey Goose La Fee was the perfect palette cleanser made with elderflower, citrus, sugar syrup and of course Grey Goose vodka!
Palettes cleansed we were treated to a Deli Board consisting of charcuterie meats and cheeses (including a to die for creamy Gorgonzola) and toasted ciabatta and focaccia breads.
Believe us – we could have finished this without any problems but we wanted to save ourselves for an Italian spin on an American classic!
GUSTO ITALIAN BURGER
Presentation: Rustic and stylish – served on a wooden board with a little pot of Gusto’s own Burger Sauce.
Meat: Thick, pink and very succulent, perfectly seasoned.
Bun: Toasted Brioche bun – the perfect size!
Toppings: Italian Mozzarella, Homemade Relish (made with tomatoes, onions and peppers), tomato, red onion and crisp lettuce.
The burgers were served with crisp, seasoned fries, a very moreish Burger Sauce topped with paprika and for our gluten free girlie – a pear and Roquefort salad.
Lia, our fabulous hostess for the evening suggested we try an Italian red wine from Montepulciano in the South of Italy to really accentuate the flavours of the meat. And it certainly worked!
The team, led by head chef David Sye definitely know what they are doing!
As if that wasn’t enough we were treated to a selection of heavenly desserts……
Clockwise from top left: Limoncello Cheesecake and Raspberry Coulis, Lemon Sorbet, Classic Affogato – ristretto, vanilla ice cream and Amaretto and Chocolate Mousse with salted caramel and cappuccino cream.
The desserts were all divine – but the standout for us all was the Chocolate Mousse with salted caramel and cappuccino cream. We were literally fighting for the last mouthful!
Tracey – “Italian style with the substance to back it up.”
Sharron – “Proprio come mamma usato per fare, se la mamma era un cuoco gormet” (Just like mamma used to make, if mamma was a gourmet chef!)
Dee – “I feel like one of the Italian Royals!”
Gusto is a real dining experience from beginning to end – beautiful cocktails, food and ambiance all combine effortlessly to make this an experience you won’t forget.
All of the staff from Lia, Kevin, Sam, John and Stefan did nothing but add to what was a great experience.
So whether you’re looking for a pre-arena meal, a romantic meal or a night with the girls, Gusto’s got it all.
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