Alfresco Gusto is an Italian restaurant in Ion Orchard that is located away from the main pedestrian flow in this Orchard Road shopping mall. Alfresco Gusto, as its name suggests, is mainly an outdoor restaurant. Most of its seating is located outdoors along Paterson Road, but there is a small air-conditioned section within the Ion mall itself, located opposite the Nespresso shop on level one. The alfresco area will probably be an attractive place in the evenings, but in the midday heat of the Singapore sun, air-conditioning is our friend.
Both outdoor and indoor sections of Gusto are attractively decorated. The indoor area boasts of wall and floor tiles that reminded us of Peranakan designs.
The menu of Alfresco Gusto was quite limited. On a Sunday, our choices were even more restricted. Only the weekend brunch menu plus a few of the appetizers were available. Here are some pages from the Gusto menu.
No Sunday brunch will be complete without a big breakfast. The Gusto big breakfast ($26) was certainly large. The generous volume of bread and sausages could be shared by two. Taste-wise it was quite good.
The Mozzarella Pain Perdu ($18) won the Miss Photogenic dish of the day. With flower-like garnishes dressing up the thick slices of brioche stuffed with the melted cheese, this was a dish we will order again.
The Spinach Scrambled Eggs ($18) was a light and simple dish. The spinach, eggs and Portobello mushroom combine well to form a deep earthy taste.
Alfresco Gusto serves paper-thin pizzas. We tried the chilli crab pizza. It was very well presented and the taste was good. Only problem was that there was hardly any of the familiar chilli crab taste. This would more appropriately be named soft-shelled crab pizza. Priced at $30, we thought that this was a pricey pizza.
The coffee ($6, $7 respectively for long black and cappuccino) at Gusto was reasonably good.
Overall, the taste of the food at Gusto Italian Restaurant at Ion Orchard was quite good. Its out-of-the-way location meant that we could get some peace and quiet in the midst of this popular shopping mall.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
#01-15 Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Tel: +65 6509 9380
Opening Hours :
Mon-Thu: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Nearby Stations: Orchard
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