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.
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.
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.
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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