The elegant facade of Gastroli restaurant lures all in with promises of high-quality service and delicious food. Inside, one is reminded of the good old hospitality traditions that can seldom be seen in today’s eateries – a locker room with a service counter and a hostess to see you to your table. The interior is very trendy and roomy, with well thought through original details (a peculiar wooden washtub used for a sink in the toilet room is a perfect example). Pick a seat either at a large communal table, if you are a big group, or a cozy table for two by the windows, if you are on a date — they have an arrangement for any occasion.
The heart of the restaurant is the open kitchen setting the place’s rhythm and mood. Built around two stoves, wood and coal, it’s where the chefs prepare meat and vegetables, bake bread and pizza, smoke pastrami and fish. The cuisine is best described as Comfort food inspired – but professionally executed.
The menu is attractive from design to the description, making you want to try everything at once: from the blue-backed salmon with edamame, mushroom soup, beef marmalade to the goatling meat, ribs from the oven, crispy brisket, and pizza. If you can’t have everything (alas, the stomach has its limits!) here are some ideas.
For starters, take an impressive salad with turkey liver and blue cheese (≈$5) – the portion is huge, fluffy, with the aroma of onion marmalade, elegant liver in caramel, apple slices, gorgonzola sauce and small pieces all fitting together nicely in a bowl. Another salad with sockeye (blue-backed salmon) and beans edamame (≈$6) includes arugula, cinnamon, fresh peas, chickpeas, and fleshy hot smoked fish – all together the ingredients create new tastes worth exploring.
As for the main courses, try ravioli with crab and spinach (≈$7) – it’s one big ravioli stuffed to the top with crab meat and smothered with a creamy sauce and old-fashioned Parmesan. One more masterpiece is the crispy brisket (≈$7) – two cubes of divine pork on a sour apple and celery mousse with slices of sweet-marmalade apples accented with dried tomatoes.
Finish your dinner with a choice of amazing desserts – take, for instance, a honey fig cake with stracciatella (≈$6) soaked in sweet syrup.
The drinks perfectly complement every meal – there area lot of excellent beer choices, an interesting selection of wines at fair prices, and a small list of perfectly crafted cocktails.
And last, but not least — a special shoutout goes to breakfasts served from 8 AM till noon. A variety of breakfast choices including porridges, pastries and even shakshuka come with a complementary tea or coffee. Best enjoyed on their summer terrace!