Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Gusto at the Grand

by Metro / 30 June, 2017

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Gusto at the Grand.

Photo/ Josh Griggs

Photo/ Josh Griggs

Gusto at the Grand

Inner-City Bistro—Italian trattoria-style hotel dining room

Located inside The Grand Hotel’s aptly grand concourse, a sweet, artificial hotel scent quickly gives way to aromas more typically found at gas- and candle-lit restaurants in Tuscany. One of five Sean Connolly establishments in Australasia, Gusto is both a very good Italian trattoria and a shop window for some of the country’s best producers, from Wairau Valley (mozzarella) to Curious Croppers (tomatoes). Time your arrival correctly and you’ll be offered the chance to dine at the marble Chef’s Table, which is extra special when Connolly is in residence. The West Yorkshire-born chef is the antithesis of jaded and his enthusiasm for fish and for meat cooked on the bone is infectious. He’s exacting, and this has clearly rubbed off on his chefs, who remake dishes if they deem the pasta less than perfect. With a fun aperitif list to kick off a city night out, who cares if Gusto is in a hotel?

A favourite dish
Rum baba: light sponge doused in rum and served with ricotta.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meals / Pre-theatre menu / Aperitivo hour (complimentary bites with purchased drinks, daily 5pm-7pm) / Chef’s Table in the kitchen / “Trust the Chef” dinner for groups of  4-6 / Bar / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Private room for 28 / Good for
kids / Craft beer selection / Takes large groups

Hours—B L D 7 days
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$
Seats—100
Chef—Sean Connolly


CENTRAL CITY
SkyCity Grand Hotel
90 Federal St
Ph 363-7030
skycityauckland.co.nz


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