Gusto Brunch – Cookridge

Now that the sun is coming back round I’ve got the perfect bank holiday morning planned for you. Brunch and a walk with fantastic views sound up your street? Read on…

I was invited over to Gusto in Cookridge to try their new brunch menu. Gusto is a bit of a staple in North Leeds. Good for lunch, dinner, cocktails and now brunch! I’ve visited before to try their dinner (read here) so was definitely interested to see the morning vibe. We went a few Saturdays ago around 11am and it was fairly quiet, definitely somewhere you can settle down for a long, lazy brunch with a newspaper. There’s also an outside area so will be a beaut spot when the weather is nice.

The menu is definitely on the classic side; don’t expect any experimental flavours or crazy combinations – everything is tried and tested. That doesn’t mean bad though, there’s lots of options ranging from a light smoked haddock omelette to your full on fry up. There’s even a kids brunch section for a family day out. I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment so opted for the Avocado & Chilli on Toast (£5.95) with a Detox-zing Juice (£4.00). Phil went for the Flattened Rump Steak (£9.50).

Food came quickly, so perfect for a pit stop before a long walk if you’re not in the mood for lounging around. My avocado on toast was delicious. Really great quality seeded bloomer topped with lots of avocado and a good kick from the chilli. Phil’s was equally as tasty; flash fried rump (okay the texture wasn’t the best because y’know rump steak but it had a delicious smoky flavour) alongside 2 crispy fried eggs and to his surprise a bowl of fries (he hadn’t clocked they were served with the steak on the menu). I have to say my token healthy juice was also actually really good – a blend of blueberry, carrot, ginger, courgette and banana – refreshing and zingy.

Obbbbviously I’m all about balance and seeing as I’d gone healthy on my avo toast, we also shared a portion of Cinnamon French Toast (£4.25) between us. It looks a bit burnt in the photo but in real life it was just super crispy and I *think* it was the brown bread making it look on the overdone side. The berry coulis was a nice addition but I did think it could have benefited from a bit more…wetness. Maybe some crème fraiche or drenched in syrup.

All in all a very solid brunch. Yes perhaps not the most innovative or wild options but everything we had was tasty, well cooked and very reasonably priced. A bonus is that for me it’s on the way to the Chevin so we walked off the cinnamon toast with the most glorious Yorkshire views. What a perfect way to spend a bank holiday morning…

This meal was complimentary, views are my own though.

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