Went to Gustazo’s for my 2nd birthday celebration, this time a treat by the in-laws! Somehow, I did not realize that there was a new restaurant in my hood, and while looking around for somewhere close and delicious, this came up. It was a toss up between Gustazo and Red Bird (still haven’t been there), but Red Bird was fully booked, so Gustazo it was. No regrets though. This is a lovely little restaurant that packs a good punch! It is tapas style for dinner, and does sandwiches for lunch too. Also, the service was impeccable.
Our table. The flowers were so cute and real. I love how the table looked!
We were seated by the wall of collaged old movie posters. I just love the vibe of this place!
Puerco Asado – $22: From the website, it was described as “slow roasted pork, caramelized onions, rice, black beans, maduros.” The server said that the restaurant cannot be open if this was not on the menu. We ordered it as our one ‘large plate’, but I felt that the small plates were more delicious. Don’t get me wrong, this was not bad. It was quite good actually, and would have been perfect for one on a lonely night. Except the small plates were just so awesome that their signature puerco asado paled in comparison.
Crepe – $8: From the website, it was described as “dulce de leche stuffed crepes, topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate ganache.” Seriously awesome dessert. It was oozing with dulce de leche, and the pomegranate seeds helped add texture and some tartness to the crepe. The crepe was also super thin, and the ice cream was good. All in all, a great dessert!
Malta soda – $1.65: My first time having malta soda! It tasted like fizzy molasses. I love it and was all over this drink. Might be my favorite soda of all time!
Empanadas de carne – $7: From the website, it was described as “ground beef w/ sofrito, olives, capers and raisins, served w/ sour cream”. Tasted like an empanada, but it was a good empanada!
Maduros con Tocino – $7: Described on the website as “sweet plantains wrapped in bacon, agave, orange slices, crumbled goat cheese, arugula.” This was the highlight of the night and one of my top two favorite small plates we ordered. The pairing of the sweet, savory and pungent (umami) was just spot on in this bite. I would go back for just this one dish!
Aguacate y Pina – $8: Described on the website as “avocado slices, pineapple, mixed greens.” This is my second favorite dish of the night. Looking back now, I can’t believe it either, but this was a damn good salad–perfect pairing of sweets and buttery, and the dressing was so good! I still can’t believe that one of my favorite dishes of the night was a salad, but really, it was a good salad.
Frituras de Calabaza – $8: Described on the website as “Cuban style squash fritters, goat cheese mousse, pepitas”. This was good too. The fritter was crisp and light, and not at all oily. It was a tang sweet, which went really well with the goat cheese mousse, though I felt that there was too much mousse for one bite. The pepitas added a much needed crunch! Yum!
Camarones al Ajillo – $10.50: Described on the website as “shrimp sautéed in garlic, sweet paprika, Jerez, cilantro, red pepper flakes.” This also came atop a slice of toasted bread. The shrimp were fresh and very very flavorful. I wish the bread was more crispy when it came out, but it was good. The raw tomatoes on the side definitely freshened up this plate!
Costillas a la Guayaba – $9: Described on the website as “guava glazed pork ribs, hearts of palm-pineapple puree, pickled beets.” These were my favorite meat meat meat dish (yes, more than the puerco asado.) The guava flavor was really quite interesting, and suited the pork really well. The palm-pineapple puree is super smooth and complemented the sweet guava glaze. All in all, this is your revamped pork and apples, and it is good. Definitely go for this if you are a big meat lover!
Address: 663 Main St Waltham, MA 02451
Telephone: (855) 487-8296
Hours: T-Fr | 11.30am – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm
Sa | 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Su | 12pm – 9pm
Price Range: $$$ ($20 to $30 per person)