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Gusto at The Grand

4_half star rating 4 reviews

Telephone 09 363 7030

90 Federal St
SKYCITY Grand Hotel
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Italian
Hours:
BREAKFAST
Mon - Fri 6.30am - 10.30am
Sat & Sun 6.30am - 11.00am

LUNCH
Mon - Sun 12 noon - 2.30pm

DINNER
Mon - Sun 5pm - late
Provided by business

Overview

Gusto at the Grand (pronounced guh-stoh) is an Italian restaurant serving classic flavours, fresh seasonal ingredients and simple food. Gusto is the perfect spot to share delicious Italian dishes amongst friends and family with a menu is designed by renowned chef Sean Connolly. Enjoy a European-influenced buffet or cooked to order √° la carte portions for breakfast and a simple and fresh menu for lunch or dinner. Breakfast for Grand Hotel will now be served through Gusto at the Grand.

Photos

Photo of Gusto at The Grand
Getting set up for the buffet breakfast
The private dining room
The famous Acqua Pazza - whole fish cooked in Coromandel crazy water

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Parking:
Pay
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Meals Served:
Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa

Reviews for Gusto at The Grand

3 star rating
by Jess B.
9th June 2014

The food was excellent and the restaurant beautifully decorated. The two young waitresses who served us were very friendly and welcoming. The whole experience was ruined a bit by an extremely rude host. He had short brown hair and an earring… was extraordinarily rude. We were all very polite so were unsure what would warrant his behaviour. Perhaps he shouldn’t be working in the service industry. If not for him would have given 5 stars.

5 star rating
by Wolfie W.
5th May 2014

We dined here on Friday night, arriving at 7.30pm. There seemed to be a little confusion over our booking but we were shown to a table quickly and seated. On this point I would have to say they are certainly ensuring the person per square metre ratio is high… we were in very close proximity to our dining neighbours as is oft the way, unfortunately.

We ordered the Pea, Mint and Ricotta Bruschetta to share and it was a revelation – an explosion of flavour, to die for. Worth going for that alone! This was followed by the Spinach Ricotta Gnudi with fresh tomato and basil sauce for me, and the Papardelle with Wild Boar Ragu for my husband. He pronounced it delicious and proceeded to devour every last bit. My gnudi was delightful – full of bursting flavours and fresh, clean taste – not at all heavy, it was perfectly executed and I would have it again in a moment.

The fit out is stylish, and reminds me of our recent trip to Melbourne where EVERYTHING oozes chic and sophistication, however unlike our dining experiences across the ditch Gusto seems to have got it just a bit wrong in terms of ambience, with music too loud, too upbeat, and just a bit too 20 something. That combined with the tightly squeezed tables disappointed me, but the food is most definitely very, very good. A little more engagement from the waiter would have been nice too, he was perfectly good at the technical aspect of his role, but could have been a touch more friendly. All in all, a great addition to our dining scene.

4 star rating
by Hamish C.
28th April 2014

We celebrated the birthday of one of our best friends with a meal at Gusto, Skycity. We left the choice of appetizers to the kitchen and were not disappointed – the calamari and the meatballs were stand-out dishes. My wife’s pappardelle with wild boar ragu was outstanding but I was slightly disappointed with my ravioli. Service from our Italian waitress was friendly and efficient. Wine list was extensive and while not cheap we managed to find very good wines at a reasonable price.

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