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Fiesta time: Gusto's new menu features specialties by the resident Mexican chef.
whet Palmy appetites
Mexico coined the word "fiesta!"
to describe a happy
atmosphere built around
delicious food, music and
Now Palmerstonians can enjoy a fiesta
all year round at the city's only Mexican
restaurant, the new El Gusto, in the
Empire Hotel on Main Street.
It's been open only about three
months, but you'd better book if you
want a table Thursday to Saturday, when
the place is chock-a-block with patrons.
"There has been an absolutely huge
public reaction to El Gusto," says
restaurant manager James Pond. Doors
open at 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and
often stay that way until the last diner
"El Gusto, in Spanish, means The Taste,
and that's what Mexican food is all
about," Mr Pond explains. People who
come in feeling a bit unsure about this
"usually end up enjoying themselves and
complimenting the service".
The hotel's old restaurant space, which
had changed little in years, has now given
way to bright and colourful decor and a
new menu featuring specialties by the
resident Mexican chef, Jose Antonio
Jose's ceviche is one of these special
dishes: it's fresh fish marinated in lemon
juice, capsicum, onion and chilli, with
extra-virgin olive oil and fresh coriander.
But just how he puts it together is a
secret recipe handed down from Jose's
grandfather. "It's so secret he won't even
share it with me," laughs Mr Pond, who
also recommends the chili con carne: "the
best I've ever eaten", the meltingly tender
carne de puerco con cerveza (pork
cooked in beer) and Jose's tarta de limon
(a deep-flavoured lemon meringue pie)
and pastel de chocolate aztec (rich-
tasting chocolate cake with a pinch of
chilli and chantilly cream.)
Familiar Mexican favourites are on the
menu, including enchiladas,
chimichangas, crispy tacos and fresh
made-from-scratch salsa, with vegetarian
and gluten-free options.
There are imported Mexican beers, as
well as more familiar bar drinks, and
every adult patron is invited to try a
complimentary taste of sangria, South
America's delectable punch of red wine,
chopped fruit, sparkling water and juice.
Mr Pond started out as a "glassie"
(collecting glasses and plates from tables)
at High Flyers several years ago, but a
four-year stint in England firmed up his
passion for hospitality and top-notch
He's working on bringing authentic live
music to El Gusto, and introducing
specials such as Taco Tuesdays and "chili
con carnage" nights.
El Gusto is a restaurant for all age
groups, and it's family friendly: it can
even arrange to have "happy birthday"
sung to you in Spanish.
Its function room is now almost fully
booked for pre-Christmas parties.
Mr Pond says he's happy to hear
suggestions or ideas from patrons.
"I want El Gusto to become a
Palmerston North institution."
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