Locanda De Gusti – si! si! si!

This restaurant is outstanding, a place to fall in love with and to, and has just become mine & Science’s new favourite. I can’t believe it was never on my radar before, it was only because ChiefPudding was talking about it at work and all being dedicated foodies we started devouring the menu online. “Food Porn” declared SurfPunkIan and he wasn’t wrong, my final undoing was when he read aloud the mixed grill. Luckily it didn’t take much to get Science on board to treat ourselves that night!

Primi Piatti – Locanda De Gusto

From the minute we walked in we were enthralled, everything was done with such finesse, from the greetings to the seating to the presentation of the aperitif list and menu, the specials, the wine & food recommendations, it was all faultless and that continued throughout the whole evening.

Mouthwatering – Ravioli stuffed with parmesan & porcini mushrooms tossed with butter, sage, truffle oil and crispy grana cheese

A Negroni for me and an Aperol spritzer (very manly) for Science while we deliberated, it took a while as it all looked so good, although the mixed grill in the menu wasn’t quite as interesting as the one online (no mention of rabbit, quail or deer). We both settled for a starter size portion of pasta, a mouthwatering ravioli with porcini mushrooms, parmesan and truffle oil cooked with sage and butter for myself and a tomato and meatball affair for Science.

Mixed grilled fish with langoustine, scallop, king prawn, sea bass, tuna & swordfish

For our ‘Secondi’ I still opted for the mixed grill and Science went for the grilled fish platter with langoustine, scallop, king prawn, sea bass, tuna and sword fish (well done to the waiter who recommended it above his original choice of the fried/battered version!). There were a couple of wine recommendations that would work equally with the our respective meat & fish dishes, we ended up choosing the Nero d’Avola, and we were not disappointed!

Mixed Grill – Locanda De Gusti

Everything was delicious, I’m actually salivating as I type, the ravioli alone would have made my night! I have some of my mixed grill in the fridge though so will probably need to tuck in before too much longer! (I’ve never asked for a ‘doggy-bag’ in a restaurant before but it was no trouble for them and on leaving, I was reminded not to forget my ‘shopping’, very nicely done).

Dolce – Locanda De Gusti

Science fancied a dessert and again the waiter urged him to try something different to what he was originally thinking and boy did he get it right! It was an adult version (back to food porn) of the coffee cake, with coffee butter icing and toasted almonds that I used to ask my mother to bake for my birthday each year! It was delicious and took me straight back to many a happy birthday feast where this was the highlight! It was happily followed by espressos and a grappa for me and an orange & saffron liqueur for Science.

The staff were all fantastic, the food was outstanding and it was worth every penny! It wasn’t a cheap night out but we did ‘throw the boat out’ and have plenty of extras! (and I’d do it again tonight if I could!). For those less greedy  than ourselves it’s well priced and superb value and the complimentary limoncello before leaving was another nice touch. We’ll be back very soon and highly recommending it to anyone who cares to listen!

Locanda De Gusti – getting ready to dine

Locanda De Gusti, 7-11 East London Street, Edinburgh EH7 4BN (the menu online seems to be a little out of date)

 

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