17th September 2016 7.30pm
Locanda de Gusti is very popular restaurant but I had not visited since its relocation to Dalry Road. A friend was raving about it so we went for a visit, perfectly timed just before her big holiday to Italy.
A relatively small restaurant means it is wise to book in advance. You are greeted with a hearty, warm Italian welcome. As my friend is a regular she also got a bit of chat from the staff. We felt right at ease here. You won’t find a menu that goes on endlessly here but there should be something for everyone, with a range of starters, pastas, pizza and other mains to choose from. I went for provola followed by the meat dish of the day, beef shin and opted for a side of salad as it was a hot day and a side of veg and potatoes would have been too much for me. My friend when for a crab salad with arancini followed by scarpone.
We were given a little dish of a panzanella type salad which we nibbled as whilst we waited for our mains. This was a really nice touch and was scattered with bread, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and olives. Very satisfying.
The starters came out and I was very excited to see my provola. This was smoked buffalo mozzarella slow cooked in tomatoes, oil, garlic and oregano. You also got the option to have some additional bread to mop up the sauce which I obviously took up. The mozzarella was gooey but moreish. A whole ball sat in the centre of the dish. The sauce was beautiful and mopped up with the bread. On the other side of the table my friend had chosen her starter solely based on the crab salad, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She wasn’t so enamoured with the arancini but that was completely down to personal preference.
Onto the main and it’s fair to say the portion size is generous. My beef shin was more like all four legs of the cow! I barely touched the salad and failed to polish off all of the beef but that was not due to lack of trying. The meat was tender and melted in the mouth. The sauce it sat in was delicious. It was wonderful and I’d happily had it again. My dining companion scarpone was going down a treat. This was two halves of aubergine topped with tomato, basil, mozzarella and Parmesan. She thought it was delightful and managed to polish the lot off.
Whilst neither of us could manage dessert there were some nice options including pannacotta and a chocolate mousse.
We enjoyed our meal here and would happily return.
Food – 8.5/10
Service – 9/10
Value – 8.5/10
Would I eat here again? Yes!
Cost – £57 for two starters, two mains, one prosecco and a glass of wine.