With the weather as glorious as it is, the temptation to pop out for brunch in the sun is strong. Enjoying a glass of fizz in the sunshine is possibly one of my favourite ever pastimes and I was lucky enough to be able to do just that a few weeks ago, when I was invited to Gusto Didsbury to try their new brunch menu.
I really enjoyed the brunch I tried at Gusto Cheadle a while back but this is the first time I had visited Gusto Didsbury. The decor is very similar in all the branches but Didsbury has a large pizza oven in the kitchen and this pretty fairy lit tree at the door. It is so welcoming, as is walking through the light and airy terrace, perfect for people watching and enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets.
Settled with a fine cappuccino, the top reminded me of those black and white iced cookies I love in New York, I settled in with the menu to attempt to make a choice. You will find all the regulars that grace a decent brunch menu – a full English, eggs most ways and some healthy smoothies. Elsa and I chose a few things that are new from the menu, purely so we could give a good review, obviously.
The Homemade Filled Pancakes are fairly heavy, with the Nutella option being incredibly sweet. I do crave this sometimes late morning though so it is not a bad thing. Sweet nutella with mascarpone, chocolate sauce and a sprinkle of ginger crumb for a touch of crunch, it is like a dessert for breakfast. Created for the ‘gram, the Avocado Burger is the opposite and a real savoury choice. Smoked salmon and cream cheese are sandwiched in between a whole avocado meaning it makes a pretty picture but was heavy on the avocado. I am not a fan but Elsa ate this and commented that it would probably work better as an ‘open sandwich’ as one half of avo is more than enough. My chosen dish was the Flattened Rump Steak which I requested to be served medium. The steak was lean and soft with a runny egg to dip and a crispy potato rosti to mop it all up. It was a delicious plate of food and I’ll be reordering it on my next visit.
Elsa’s choice was the Breakfast Rosti with Ragu and Fried Egg. I’m not going to lie, it was the first dish that caught my eye and I would have ordered it had Elsa not beat me to it! The ragu is slow cooked for 5 hours for a rich yet tender meat sauce, served on top of a potato rosti for crunch and topped with a fried egg with a runny yolk to coat the whole thing beautifully. We were also joined by Lucy from Gusto who ordered the Seeded Bloomer topped with Nutella, banana and cherries. It may not sound like it would work but, boy, this is a perfect match. Sour cherries, sweet nutella and creamy banana. It looks like a small plate but it is a hefty topping that I will definitely order. I may even try to recreate this at home!
It wouldn’t be brunch without a spot of alcohol and Gusto have a brunch cocktail range, which I think is a great idea. I chose the Fresco with Ketel One vodka, apple juice, green apple liqueur, basil and lemon juice. It is light and zesty with just enough alcohol that you can taste it coming through the fruit juices. I really enjoyed it and they are 2 for 1 when you order with brunch. I’ll try the Breakfast Pornstar next time!
I had a lovely morning with Gusto and as I left, the terrace was filling up with people enjoying lunch in the sun with their friends, something I’ll be back to try.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Gusto and was not asked to pay.