Gusto Ko Sa Gusteau’s

Tiongson’s Arcade in Lagao has been creating quite a stir since last year.  Located right smack in the middle of a residential area, the arcade is a smorgasbord of restaurants and fast-food eateries.  The whole area starts to perk up by 5pm everyday.  This part of Lagao has been known for barbecue to-go but has since evolved into a hub for gastronomic pleasures.  Euro Kitchen offers  big slices of steaks at VERY affordable prices.  Gio’s Mongolian Grill offers superb Mongolian and Japanese dishes.  And then there’s Gusteau’s (pronounced as gus-tow) Food Hauz.
photo courtesy of bariles republic

photo courtesy of bariles republic

Owner Allan Lopez invited me and my Marketing Officer Abigail Santos to try out their specialty crabs.  I tagged along Kuya Avel, who already had the chance to savor what they have to offer.  We arrived earlier than the appointed time.  Allan was busy at the kitchen.  I could already smell the scent of minced garlic and I was literally salivating.  When the food was served, I just had to click away and take pictures of the inviting meal on the table.

steamed crabs in a secret concoction of minced garlic, herbs and spices

steamed crabs in a secret concoction of minced garlic, herbs and spices

It was a sight to behold. the strong scent of garlic was tempered by the sweet smell of herbs combined with secret spices which Allan said was his own concoction, stir-fried in olive oil.  A closer look reveals the minced garlic mixture good enough as toppings for our steamed rice.

take a closer look...

take a closer look...

Just when we thought, it was going to be an all crabs-dinner, Allan brought out his version of crispy tuna belly, fried to perfection.  It was so inviting that I ignored the crabs and took my first bite of the crispy tuna.  It was indeed crispy on the outside and oh-so-succulently juicy on the inside.  I was in gastronomic heaven.

crispy tuna belly - crunchy yet juicy!

crispy tuna belly - crunchy yet juicy!

this was a perfect match to my garlic crabs!

this was a perfect match to my garlic crabs!

As we were winding down our dinner, I had to ask Allan how expensive my dinner was.  It wasn’t, he said.  At 75 pesos per gram, Gusteau’s offer is the cheapest among its competitors.  I have to admit that so far, his take on the garlic crabs recipe is the best that I’ve tasted in years.  Thus I was not anymore surprised when Allan mentioned the names of Gusteau’s loyal customers.   I am in good company.  Check them out anytime soon.  Gusteau’s opens at 5pm onwards.  It’s gonna be worth the visit!

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