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90 Federal Street,
Auckland Central

(09) 363 7030

Gusto at the Grand Information

Gusto at the Grand is SKYCITY’s latest exceptional dining experience at Auckland’s Federal Street. Award-winning Australasian chef Sean Connolly brings to the city an Italian restaurant where the ingredients speak for themselves and the dishes are rustic and true to traditional values. Delivered to table in a relaxed setting, the food is simple and served in the hum of a five-star international hotel. Gusto (pron. guh-stoh) is open seven days a week from 6.30am for buffet breakfast, and a la carte lunch and dinner as well as for room service

Opening Hours
Daily from 6.30 till late
Food Info
A La Carte Menu, Breakfast Menu
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after seeing the $29 lunch offer advertised on this site I was pretty sceptical to be honest about what corners would need to be cut it order to make it possible - after all, these days you can barely get a drink and a decent sandwich without forking out at least $12!
Anyway, when a work colleague suggested it for a team lunch thought why not, so we all trooped off to Gusto mid week keen to tuck in. First up, Gusto is a great spot setting wise and the staff member who greeted us was really friendly and actually quite chatty.
The $29 deal allows you a choice of a starter and then a main - and an Italian meal wouldn't be complete without a delicious glass of red. My choices were the duck and pea ragu and the wild rabbit pie with a glass of roaring meg. All three were awesome and definately plentiful - a few of my colleagues had the brushcetta with Tuna and although I didn't have food envy, I was amazed by just how big the portions were - no cutting corners here!
Giusto - you've won me over - and at $29 a pop, expect to see me and the team here more often.
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At Gusto, the latest addition to the growing eateries on Federal St, the French waiter tried to talk us into a shared style eating but separate meals work better for a group like ours with different dietary requirements and what or how much we like to eat.

I don't think its a rustic authentic old fashioned Italian restaurant, more modern and new age. But its not a typical grand metropolitan hotel. You reach Gusto past the lofty hotel reception, once inside there are giant light fittings hanging from the ceiling and lots of booths and large tables, including one in the Chefs kitchen.

I had for my entree Pea, Mint and Parmesan Brushetta which was really nice and flavoursome but then my main which was Fruits of the sea linguini had more pasta than there was seafood.

I regretted not getting either the Ravioli or Gnocci as apparently they were great.

Friends had the Rum Baba and salted caramel semifreddo for dessert and both said there were very pleasing.

The wine list is also less rustic Italian and more Grand Hotel in its extent but a little on the pricey side.
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As you walk through the revolving door of the Sky Grand you look straight through to a huge marble bar at the end of the building. By the time you get to it the house music and the buzzy vibe has you thinking this is going to be a good night. We went late and there was still a lot of cliental enjoying drinks and in the restaurant. The bar and open kitchen look fabulous and the interior reminds me of Boston or New York Italian kitchens rather than traditional Italian feel. I like that about it. The only thing I didn't get was the "Dungaree" apron. None of the staff were able to tell me how that tied in....but lets get to the food. We had read the Herald review so ordered the House made Ricotta drizzled with honey and pinenuts and the Pizza bread..(loved the mini pizza box that it came in too!!) both were divine!!! I mean really divine!!!!...then we had a share plate of veal and pork meatballs. They were delicious though a bit more sauce would be nice. The beef Carpaccio was unusually drizzled with a citrus flavoured oil and I could have eaten this over and over again!!! it was just perfect! we then shared a main pasta which was the seafood pasta. We asked the waitress about a side salad and she offered one which wasn't on the menu which was awesome...Sean Connolly was keeping a close eye on the place the night we were there and introduced himself to us and to other tables. Nice touch!! Astrolabe Sauv Blanc was well priced by the glass and overall the meal was great value. Would we go a heartbeat!!! The food was wonderful and the service friendly and helpful and the busy vibe was great. The menu is small but there are heaps of other things we will be back to try out. This is a great addition to the other restaurant offerings at the Casino.
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The latest offering from Sky City is Gusto at the Grand. It wasn't on the TV like Masu or The Grill but it was still pretty busy when I went along. It is a large open plan restaurant with a casual bar attached. It doesn't scream out Italian in the decor which is surprising consider the money Sky City usually put into their developments.
The kitchen however, chefs table and all looks outstanding, fully open with chefs working away on the cold larder whilst the hot kitchen is in the distance.

Service throughout was excellent very friendly, welcoming and always willing and on hand to help from the moment I arrived until I left.

Foodwise I was a little frustrated, I had several dishes recommended to me by a friend and went with a couple. I got the calamari and then the Sardinian ravioli, potato, mint, Pecorino and sage butter. To my surprise the calamari was under cooked so a bit chewy but I got through it and the flavours where great including the lemon seasoning.

The flavour of the ravioli was brilliant, moreish and with a balance of sour and savoury. The only comment I could make is wth the potato puree and strong flavours of Pecorino (which again where excellent) it was screaming out for a crunch like a pinenut or something along them lines.

This restaurant will no doubt be booming for a while and it is worth the visit and I will look forward to a return visit when they are a little more settled.
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