I visited Rustique restaurant last weekend as part of a large group for a birthday meal. I wouldn't really recommend it for a large group as the seating isn't ideal but for it would be a perfect location for a group of under 6 or a couple.
The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and warm, inviting decor. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the courses were served with the perfect time left between them and all of the groups meals were ready at the same time, hot and fresh. We did have to choose our selections from the menu before the day which I didn't like as sometimes you might fancy one thing when browsing the menu and another on the day but again, this is because of the large group and wouldn't be a problem with a smaller group.
If going on a Saturday as we did, you have to get there before 7pm to get the set menu which was a little disappointing, on other nights the set menu is available until 10pm. Not only is the set menu cheaper at £14.95 for 2 courses or £16.95 for 3, but it also has more choice for fussy eaters. Some of the items on the A La Carte menu were, I would imagine, not for everyone (e.g snails or pork stuffed with black pudding.
I ordered some mushrooms in a blue cheese and herb sauce served in a vol au vent as my starter, and a risotto with chicken for my main course. Both were beautiful and amazingly everyone in our group were impressed and cleaned their plates which is a rarity as there are some fuss pots.
Other options included sea bass, steak, roast lamb or venison.
The staff were helpful and friendly, they did their job well, had a chat at appropriate times and weren't intrusive at all. I was really impressed with the service and the entire experience.
The only negative I found really was the toilet layout. It was down dome stairs and it was like one bathroom with a cubicle for men and a cubicle for women which they were getting confused by. This meant that the mirror and sink area was shared so there was little privacy.
My selections were some of the cheapest on the menu, I did not have a dessert as both the starter and main course were very filling, I even had to share my starter as it was quite rich and filling yet delicious. For the 2 courses and 2 drinks it was around £30 which is a bit more than I'd usually pay but well worth it. Some of the others in the group spent twice this, so it isn't somewhere I'd visit regularly but is a very nice place for a treat. I think taking someone here on a date would go down well :)
My boyfriend and I visited this charming little restaurant last week as a birthday treat.
As we were only in York for one night, and as it was a special occasion we wanted to dine somewhere that was a little 'fancy'. After reading reviews on several sites we opted for Rustique.
The set menu was the biggest lure- both for price and for choice. I thought that £11.95 for 3 courses was fantastic. Both the boyfriend and I ate off the set menu, but he opted to pick a starter of the main menu so we paid full price for that (prawns- to die for apparently!) and then paid £9.95 for a 2 course set menu.
I had the chicken liver pate to start with, followed by pork and then had the banana crepe to finish off. All courses were fantastic, especially my main. Large portions also which I liked, they didn't seem to 'scrimp' on us even though were were eating from the set menu.
The boyfriend had prawns to start with (off the main menu), followed by duck and the crepe to end with. My boyfriend is a little bit of a 'food snob' yes he said that the duck was 'cooked beautifully, and the best he had ever tasted'. He's now going to try and recreate it at home!
The whole experience of our visit to Rustique was lovely. Beautiful French art on the walls, authentic French music playing quietly in the back ground, and friendly staff. The service was great. Slight error with the bill at the end, but this issue was solved politely and quickly.
If you are in York, pop in to Rustique, you wont be disappointed! We visited on a Tuesday night and it was very busy so I would book in advance.
Rustique is a small restaurant in the centre of York, just a few steps from Cliffords Tower.
The interior of the restaurant suits the name with heavy wooden furniture, warm mediterranean colours and walls covered with French style pictures and mirrors. Blackboards list the day's special dishes.
The main attration of this restaurant is its fixed price menu which is £9.95 for two courses, £11.95. Now don't let the absolute bargain price put you off. The food served is way, way above what you would expect (a) for a fixed price menu and (b) for this price.
The fixed course menu is also very extensive, which is unusual, and the standard is absolutely excellent.
The restaurant also has an a la carte menu, but the fixed price is just as good, and even better sometimes. Even when budget isn't an issue, I often find myself eating from the fixed price menu anyway as the choice is so good.
On the a la carte menu the majority of starters are £5.95, main courses average around £13, desserts £4.25 and cheese £5.95.
You can see sample menus of all menus at their website to get your taste buds going. They give a very good idea of the food served but the actual menu will vary slighty depending on season.
The portions are always very generous and a lot of the main courses very rich - with lovely creamy, wine based sauces. For this reason I find three courses too much, but it is always very difficult to decide which one to miss out!
As I am writing this I am actually wondering why, as it is such a great place I want to keep it to myself.
If I have tempted you to make a visit I would highly recommend booking as it can get extremely busy and it is only a small restaurant. A lot of locals and tourists alike use this place, and even on nights when other places are quiet in York, this place is buzzing.
I really cannot fault anything about this restaurant, the staff or the food, so it gets a very deserved five stars.