Smart weekend brunch @ Gusto, Colmore Row

restaurants, Review / Saturday, April 21st, 2018

I’ve had mixed experiences dining at Gusto, I have to admit. Thankfully my visit last month for brunch was a really positive affair and has reaffirmed my fondness for the place.

Having launched a weekend brunch menu, the popular Colmore Row restaurant is having a busy few months. As well as Birmingham Wine Weekend in April Gusto is set to be a destination for Birmingham Cocktail Weekend this summer. It’s a beautiful setting to share food and good wine, with chic neutral decor and an upmarket bistro feel.

On the day of this visit I dined with my friend, George. We’d decided to meet for an alfresco brunch before a full day of activities including an Escape Hunt experience nearby. Our hope was to find a light bite to give us some brain power before tackling the interactive game, and having heard about Gusto’s new brunch offering we agreed it was ideal. We were seated on the terrace and ordered mimosas while deciding on what to eat. The brunch menu (available weekends only) has plenty of choice and is reasonably priced, including topped toasts, omelettes, waffles and French toast, plus the obligatory cooked breakfasts.

Being a cheese fiend, my interest peaked when I came across the Goats Cheese and Fig Topped Bloomer (£5.95). Something I’ve personally not seen on any other brunch menus in Brum, it sounded like the perfect choice. A generous slice of the creamy, tangy cheese sat on a slice of seeded bloomer toast, topped proudly with a quartered fig; a liberal drizzle of honey provided extra sweetness. Combining savoury and sweet flavours, this is my idea of a brunch heaven and I savoured every bite. George had the Asparagus Hollandaise with Prosciutto (£6.50) and seemed very happy, probably because it came with a bouquet of flowers on it. Two really satisfying and comforting brunch dishes in the sunshine – happy days.

We also tried the breakfast cocktails including the Cherry and Thyme Mimosa and the Sicilian Breakfast Martini (both £5.95); the latter was the universal favourite with a healthy glug of gin and fresh lemon. The service was seamless (aside from some confusion about whether the place actually had any figs) and the sun trap terrace itself had a nice buzz late morning. The bill came in just under £40 which for two dishes and four cocktails I’d say is pretty reasonable. I’ll definitely be back to try the waffles soon.

Are you a fan of Gusto? Let me know in the comments.

Gusto, 10 The Grand Hotel, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BS

Disclosure: We paid in full for the food and drinks. All words and photos are mine.

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