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Review - Gusto Bar & Kitchen

If I had known that picturesque Watsons Bay was home to Sydney’s only Sicilian restaurant, I would have taken this ambling drive sooner.


The nautical architecture suits the glassy harbour view, reflecting the last vestiges of a bright pink sky as we bite into the succulent baby calamari of the Calamaretti Soffritti ($16.90).

The charming Chef Paolo Patane (looking rather dapper in his Italian Mario Batali-styled shoes and Italian food-themed pants) speaks warmly of the Cucina Povera he presents in the compelling Frittelle de Nonnata ($14.90) served up with seaweed salad and a bright capsicum puree.

He stays true to the spirit of this humble, peasant cuisine which eschews wastage with his own thriving herb garden, visible from the dining room. Seeing him growing his own herbs makes me inordinately happy, and I ponder this as I eat them in the Ravioli al Granchio e Limone ($25.50), house-made crab and avocado ravioli with capers and a lemon sauce.

A bowl of Penne alla Siciliana ($15.90) is simple but heavenly, showcasing the creamy eggplant, set off by baked ricotta.

Scaloppine al Passito de Pantelleria ($25.50)
is Muscat cooked veal so tender I ‘cut’ it with my fork.

The generous serve of moist swordfish Pesce Spada alla Messinese ($33.90) goes beautifully with our Sicilian recommendation from the keenly priced Italian wine list, the Syrah Botticella ($8/glass, $42/bottle).

Sicily’s proximity to Turkey explains the excellent Turkish Delight Biscotti, but it’s the ricotta-filled Sicilian Cannoli ($9.00) that inspire my vow to return forthwith. Viva Sicily!

Gusto Kitchen & Bar

27 Military Road, Watsons Bay
Ph: (02) 9388 8827

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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 1st, 2010 09:57 am (UTC)
the swordfish and the dessert plate look awesome !
Feb. 1st, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
They were both lovely.
Feb. 1st, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
That veal looks superb. As horribly unethical as it is I LOVE a good veal dish.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
This is happy veal, not white veal.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
OMG this looks delicious! The ravioli NOM NOM NOM. Anything eggplant is on my "to eat with gusto" list, same with swordfish, my favourite fish.

*drools* Fuck Jackie, this stuff looks awesome. One one hand it makes me really really hungry, and one the other hand, I get to my kitchen and get all cranky my food isn't as yummy looking, sounding or tasting as this stuff! hehe
Feb. 2nd, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
We'll go next time you're in Sydney. This is a really lovely restaurant in a gorgeous location. Just the thing after a day at Lady Jane.
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:52 am (UTC)
Rip off
They serve steak for 38 dollars on a plate without any garnishing. That is it. Just steak on a plate....... And profiteroles (3) as desert without any garnish. You pay a lot for what seems a RSL meal. We serve up better meals at home. No repeater business from us. Would not recommend this place.
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Re: Rip off
Sounds like it's gone up since my visit a year ago!
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
the restaurant
This guy must have drank to much vino
or they saved the best pictures for this page
way overprices nothing extra on a plate only the meat.
very disappointing, I thought Italian ate BIG well not here
you may want to go the full 3 course and you still wont be full
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Re: the restaurant
Wow, seems like it's definitely a different restaurant. These are my own pictures of the meal I actually ate, not supplied by the restaurant at all.
Mar. 20th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
Review Out of Date.....
This review is clearly out of date as I visited the restuarant last friday night...... Avoid this restuarant like the plague.....

My partner confirmed our booking three weeks prior to our visit and upon arrival, our names we're not listed....Luckily there were only six other tables and plenty of room to accomodate.

Beside the inapropriately dressed wait staff, the meals were delayed, the food very poorly cooked and they have the hide to rate this as a meal with a value of $170.00 for two. You have got to be joking, this meal has true value of about $40 dollars at a run down RSL club.

I would NEVER return nor recommend to anyone. AVOID AVOID AVOID.
Mar. 20th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Re: Review Out of Date.....
Thanks for your comment. Seems it has really gone off the boil since my visit. You're the third person to say so in just over a month.
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