Rustiko is not a well-known restaurant. It's unassuming and new, having only opened last year.
Nonetheless, on the Tuesday evening I paid the Italian restaurant and bar a visit, it was busy.
However, if you fancy some fantastic Italian food and a relaxed atmosphere in an excellent spot, Rustiko is the place for you.
Although it was still light outside (hoorah for light evenings!), the restaurant was dimly-lit inside, and the candles on each table created a warm ambiance. Wine glasses hung above the bar and prosecco bottle lined the back wall. A good sign, in my opinion.
Seeing as Rustiko is a prosecco bar, we figured it'd be rude not to have a glass each. Or two.
Doesn't it look pretty in the candle-light?
We perused the menu as we sipped, and as ever, it wasn't easy deciding what to choose...
We kicked things off with parmiggiana and arancini to share:
Even better, however, was the parmiggiana.
Our lovely waitress (all the staff were fab, it has to be said) told us they all love the parmiggiana too, and I can totally see why.
When it came to mains, Georgie and I decided we couldn't not have pizza and pasta. So, it was prawn spaghetti with chilli, garlic and asparagus for my pixie-like friend...
And it was amazing. I was obviously going to love the houmous, which went brilliantly with the veg, and I didn't miss tomato sauce at all. There was just the right amount of cheese and it was perfectly cooked. Good portion size too. We like that.
We also liked the music in Rustiko - there was a soundtrack of feel-good tunes that almost had us both singing and dancing. I reckon one more glass of prosecco would've done it...
By this point we were pretty full so chose to finish off our feast with a tiramisu and two spoons.
It had been a delicious, fun, relaxed evening and I'm so glad Rustiko was brought to my attention. Had it not been, and I'd just been walking past, I probably wouldn't have gone in, to be perfectly honest. And when I'm invited to try a new restaurant (I know, I'm v lucky), I always ask myself if I'd go back, and only if the answer's yes do I blog about it.
Well I shall definitely go back to Rustiko... For that parmiggiana if nothing else! They've also just launched a new downstairs bar area with a whole host of prosecco cocktails so I think I need to return to try those out for sure.
I was a guest at Rustiko but wouldn't have written about it unless I honestly loved it. Do let me know your thoughts!