For Josh’s birthday, we visited our secret favourite date night location – Rustique. A beautiful French restaurant hidden away in two locations in York, Lendal and Castlegate. We usually opt for the Lendal location as it’s nice and snug, and not many people know about the second sister restaurant! The last time Josh and I visited Rustique was for our first Valentine’s Day together, so it was nice to be back for another celebration.
This location does a normal menu but also a set menu, it’s really cheap and good value for money – 3 courses for £19.95. It’s a bargain so you’d be daft not to go for it. The drinks are a reasonable price too – we always go for gin or Peroni. If you do visit York and fancy going, we recommend booking!
For starters, I had the Champignons À L’ail, which was basically mushrooms in a creamy garlic sauce with some French baguette on the side – it was LUSH. It wasn’t too creamy that you were feeling a bit sick afterward, and I’d picked my main and dessert around my starter too. Sometimes I go for loads of creamy dishes and then end up feeling like I can’t eat anything else otherwise I might be a tad ill. Josh had Moule Marinieres a La Crème which was also served with French baguette – can we take a moment to appreciate how Josh is waaaay better at taking photos of food than I am?
We visited Rustique the first week Boris had announced the opening of restaurants and for our first-time out-out since lockdown, I must say they did a fantastic job. It was very relaxed and didn’t feel like a lot had changed, there were plastic screens dividing tables where social distancing wasn’t possible but you honestly forgot about them. When we arrived there was a massive party of people who were clearly from different households but they were soon finished and gone by the time Josh and I had settled in.
Oh, the mains. Now, these were to die for. I couldn’t eat all of mine as it was really filling and you get a massive portion. I had Jarret De Porc Au Cidre, which was a MASSIVE pork shank cooked in cider with mustard mash and an apple sauce. It was so lovely but too much for me! Josh had the Confit De Canard, duck served with dauphinoise potatoes and a port sauce – he seemed to enjoy it as it all went, ha! He made his decision based on what he was going to have at the other restaurant we were going to later in the week with the boys – you know how long it takes him to make a choice…I wasn’t waiting that long this time!
The atmosphere in this restaurant is just one of a kind, especially since after lockdown restrictions have been lifted. The staff are lovely, friendly and so welcoming – I was starting to get a bit nervous before we went in as it felt a bit strange being somewhat allowed back out to dine. The waiters just let you dine in peace and you can see right into the kitchen while your meals are cooking which is also great as you know everything is cooked and made to perfection.
We had to have a little breather after our mains as they were lush but a tad heavy. For dessert, I had Crêpe À La Banane et Sauce Caramel – basically a pancake with banana and lashings of caramel. Sugary goodness. Josh opted for the cheeseboard and I apologise but I can’t remember what the cheeses were…but I do know they were French, ha!
After Rustique we went to Marty’s work and then to the Tipi. It was a lush night and I hope Josh enjoyed his birthday – even with all these restrictions, but as I mentioned before, it didn’t really feel any different. Rustique is a must if you want to experience French fine dining, I’d say it’s a dressy up date.