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Gusto 101

yyuen | | Feb 9, 2012 07:14 AM

My friend and I went for dinner last night. The restaurant looks quite industrial chic, and for its day 6 of opening, it was actually quite busy! They don't take reservations so going early definitely has its perks! The front of the restaurant has bar seats for those who have to wait or simply want to try their wine list.

The waitresses were friendly but were still working out the kinks in terms of delivering food (we were sitting by the "pass" and the waitresses kept trying to take the food that was missing some side to it (reminds of watching Hell's Kitchen). We also witnessed 2 different waitresses having difficulty opening a bottle of wine at the diners' tables - quite embarrassing!)

As for the food, there are quite a bunch of insalates, antipasti, pasta and pizza options on the menu. They try to sell their "tuscan wood oven" dishes as one of the best.

Between the two of us, we ordered an eggplant bruschetta, an octopus antipasti, a salmon salad and the prime rib burger. While the food was decent, we both agreed that nothing really stood out. The eggplant bruschetta was a bit bland while the burger was a bit too salty. The texture of the octopus antipasti wasn't what we expected (tasted more soggy than chewy). However, presentation of the dishes did look nice!

Another disappointment was that since we were non-alcoholic drinkers, we asked if the bartender was able to come up with a "mocktail" (we've always been surprised at the concoctions the bartenders at other restaurants can come up with) and we told by the bartender that since their cocktails were all alcohol-influenced, they could only offer us different kind of juices or limonata (I'm sure any bartender with some sort of creativity could make up something with what they had!!).

While I like the vibe of the restaurant, I was less impressed by the food, but considering it's only been open for a week, I may give it another try in the future.

Has anyone else tried Gusto 101 yet? I'm curious to find out what others have to say about this new restaurant.