A Taste of Two Continents

Gusto Gourmet

Laurann Claridge
March 12, 2013

Gusto Gourmet is tucked into the tiny South Shepherd space that housed PH Design Shop before its move to Rice Village. The pair behind this reimagined Venezuelan import, Sandra and Yosi Sarshalom, have family in the area, but their roots spread from South America to Europe’s sun-soaked Mediterranean — and they’re bringing tastes from each tableside to craft fare they dub “fresh fusion” for a sophisticated Houston clientele. Seeking delectable hors d’oeuvres for an impromptu cocktail hour? In this Lilliputian space, you’ll find slender coolers packed with freshly made bourekas ($11 a dozen) filled with savory combinations, from mushrooms or tuna to guava and cheese; mini falafels ($7 for 15); brie en croute ($14) and ceviche prepared by the pound. There are also salads, dips and antipasti, as well as individual desserts such as chocolate mousse and tres leches prepared in mason jelly jars. Thinking big? Plan ahead and hire Gusto’s Gourmet to cater your party or wedding. Or, simply taste-test the concept for a quick lunch on the fly. 3306 S. Shepherd, 713.344.0892; gustogourmettogo.com.