REVIEW – Gusto, George Street

*****

Gusto in George Street had been on my hitlist for a while.  This restaurant is part of a chain, but I never let that put me off, some of my favourite Edinburgh restaurants are chains.

Gusto, George Street

Gusto, George Street

My second visit to Gusto, which this review is based on was for a lunch for four people.  The table was booked at 1.45pm to accommodate various work comittments, so not heading there at a busy time.

We all arrived together and one of our party that was in attendance was disabled, but not notably so.  I was more concerned that one of the party was obviously a pensioner (she is 75) and the waiter thought nothing of seating us at this table.

Bar stool seating

Bar stool seating

Is bar stool seating really the best option ?   I joked that she would never be comfy there (but was more concerned for my friend with mobility problems) and were immediately shown to a lovely circular table, one of three that were empty.  Why weren’t we put there in the first place ??

We had the lunch offer of a main course and a glass of house wine or beer for £8.95.  The selection of food available was fine, pizza, pasta, salad and a couple of mains.

A couple of us had the house white, one was driving and the other had a beer

Beer & wine

Beer & wine

The house white really was crisp and refreshing and went down a little too easily 😉

Three of us ordered the steak (£2 supplement) which I had no objection paying, but it was only after we had ordered, we realised it never came with anything, so had to call the waitress back to order an addition of fries at £2.45 each.  Therefore lunch was now totalling £13.40 each, not such a special offer.

Lonely steak

Lonely steak

The steak looked very lonely on it’s plate and I didn’t think too much of the salad (undressed, but olive oil on the table).

Gusto Fries

Gusto Fries

The fries were absolutely delicious though, seasoned to perfection, but we hadn’t been offered any sauce with the steak before or after ordering, leaving the meal a little on the dry and unimpressive side.

Gusto Pizza

Gusto Pizza

The pizza that diner number four had ordered arrived and was very light, crispy and full of flavour.  No complaints there.  Service was acceptable, but not to the level that is normally given in Italian restaurants and we were a friendly bunch to the two waiters that served us

We decided against dessert, not because the menu wasn’t tempting, but just didn’t feel like staying after a neither satisfactory nor disappointing main.  I would maybe eat at Gusto again as part of an evening meal where I imagine there is a great atmosphere and I would be willing to sample more of the fabulous wines on offer.

Suitable for disabled ?    Yes, ground floor, even access and bathrooms accesible.

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