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Italian cuisine with Gusto

Prawn Risotto
Prawn Risotto
Prawn Risotto

Italian fusion restaurant Gusto brings a breath of fresh air after its revamp

I have always seen this classy Italian restaurant that is tucked behind the luxury goods shops at Ion Orchard.

I have always walked pass the restaurant but, until now, I have never eaten there. I am glad that I finally had the opportunity to.
Gusto, an Italian fusion cuisine place, has undergone a revamp with a new menu having been launched in Oct.

I have to say, the results are interesting. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself.

Italy meets McDonalds?

One of the more interesting items on the menu is the Crab Shaker ($22), inspired by the McDonald’s shaker fries. Yes, you read it correctly.

The Crab Shaker features crispy soft-shell crabs with a pickled ginger “shaker”, as well as a sweet corn mousse dip.

The pickled ginger powder is reminiscent of the pink vinegar-ed ginger from Japanese restaurants. It added a slight sour-sweet punch to the otherwise common soft-shell crab fritter. A unique combination indeed.

We also like the Crispy Risotto Balls ($18). It reminded us of an arancini filled with squid ink risotto and corn bread crust. It has a pretty presentation strung up on sticks like party favours. This would make for a great hors d’oeuvre should you have a house party.

Crab Shaker
Crab Shaker

Pizza, Pasta & Much More

What’s an Italian restaurant without pizza? And we’re talking about in the authentic style here, not the fast food variety.

Gusto puts interesting twists in their pizzas. The Char Siew ($28) is a relatively thin-crusted pizza that is topped with spicy tomato, as well as with five-spice char siew, mozzarella cheese, onions and cucumbers.

Gusto also has Chilli Cheese Crab ($28) pizza if you prefer something richer or spicier. It doesn’t just sound good.

Their Spaghetti Bolognese ($26) is double strength. What do I mean?

The meat sauce is boiled down before more the meat is added to the meat sauce, resulting in a much richer and meatier flavour.

I especially loved their Prawn Risotto ($29), a flavourful prawn stock and prawns risotto with crunchy sweet corn and leek flowers. I had to control myself from exclaiming aloud.

Also available at Gusto are macarons in unique flavours such as gorgonzola cheese and passion fruit, and parmesean and berries. Try them; they are refreshing bites.

Visit Gusto if your palate would like a change, and if you would like to surprise yourself with new flavours blended into Italian cuisine.

Gusto, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #01-15, Singapore 238801. Visit www.gusttimoworld.com for more information.