Gusto Bistro – CLOSED
(corner of Jackson & Queen Sts)
Lower Hutt City 04-920 1774
- Lunch: Thurs & Fri 12pm-2pm
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 5.30pm-Late
- Business Dining
- Out Catering
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 45
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: No
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Gusto Bistro is Petone’s beautiful 1930′s art deco neighbourhood bistro.
Serving up modern pan-European cuisine, the food is gutsy, and beautifully matches the comprehensive wine list, handsome array of craft beers and an ever expanding list of sherries.
You’ll find Gusto Bistro, with its warm vibrant atmosphere, located on the corner of Jackson and Queen streets.
Gusto Bistro was proud to be Lower Hutt’s first and only ‘Cuisine NZ Restaurant of the Year’ finalist 2010.
21 Reviews for Gusto Bistro – CLOSED
After 15 minutes an many changes of choice I settled on the
Smoked eel w sarladaise potato, cider-apple, curly endive, pancetta & horse radish creme, followed by the Twice baked goats cheese soufflé w truffle fraiche, pea puree, curried almonds, broad bean & pea salad and to finish the Crème catalana w poached rhubarb, ginger & Madeleine cakes.
OMG heaven on a plate – or should I say many plates, presentation was stunning and the taste matched it. A feast for eyes an taste buds.
Hubby went for the Tapa flight, six tapa-esque tastes from the kitchen, followed by the Northland snapper w lemon verbena consommé, quinoa, provençale vegetables & olive and to finish Baba au rhum w vanilla, Chantilly cream & strawberries.
Very clean plates here as well. One very impressed and very happy man.
This is now one of my top 5 places to eat in the Welly area an we will certainly be back —– often !!!!
My husband’s paella was a risotto take on the dish and wonderfully creamy and flavorful -you could really taste the herbs and saffron with just a mild chili heat. My soufflé was lovely, but the pea puree and salad (broad beans, peas, pea shoots and micro greens) stole the show. For dessert, my son and I shared the affogato and cava soup. Affogato really isn’t my thing (though the ice cream part was lovely), but the cava soup was incredibly fresh and flavorful. I could have made a meal out of it alone.
On the service side, our waitress was lovely and just the right amount attentive. I’d be reaching to complain about anything but the only possible improvement on the night would have been a friendly maitre d’. I’m all for taking your job seriously but he could definitely have been more welcoming and friendly.
In the end, it wasn’t the cheapest meal ($250 included a bottle of wine) but well worth every penny and we’ll definitely go back.
THINGS TO IMPROVE ON: scary, dismissive front person, food arriving at different times(approx 8mins)
Would go there again for a special occasion.
Unfortunately the food was disappointing, especially given the price: $28 – $35 for mains, plus extra for vegetables etc. I had the fish of the day, served on mashed potato and cauliflower. While the fish was very tasty, the potato and cauliflower were tepid, as the dish was served on almost cold plates.
The side salad was a disgrace: plain Mescalin lettuce leaves, with an oily dressing – not what I would describe as a salad!
The cheese board to follow was woefully short of bread for the cheese supplied. Two of the cheeses were bland, one was passable, while the last was very nice…
I passed on dessert – $14 is a little steep on a Tuesday night.
The service was average, but acceptable. However, overall I think this place is a little pretentious, and trying to be more upmarket than it warrants. I won’t rush back.
Choice of wine excellent and not overpriced.
Efficient and friendly staff, who knew the menu well. We will be back.
Dined with my partner after in Apr-08 after reading a review in the paper
The food was very good, the ambience nice although we got placed into a table which had waiters rushing past behind both of us, and service was a bit slow. However the restaurant more than made up for it – our dessert was slow coming out, so we received complimentary dessert wines, and then when the dessert did arrive, mine was served with feijoa (which I dislike instensely) when the menu stated plum. The waiter was very good, allowed me to choose another dessert, and then when we came to pay the bill, took a dessert off the bill. Will definitely come back here again, these guys went out of their way to make sure we had a good experience in the end. And the food was very good