RESTAURANT REVIEW: Le Rustique

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Photo Credits: Susan Wong

 

May 26, 2011 – As you walk through the main foyer, you’re welcomed by an old stone fireplace, and with its flickering glow and warmth, beckons you to enter Le Rustique.

Established in a convenient corner of Westlands, Le Rustique has been serving up crepes, sandwiches, pastries and decadent breakfasts such as eggs benedict in its expansive garden for the last 9 years. Although known mostly as a great outdoor spot for breakfast, lunch and a super early dinner (they close at 7pm); Le Rustique has been indulging its dedicated following with a delicious dinner menu one day a week – Wednesday.

Capital Lifestyle’s favourite dish of the evening was the Mushroom Risotto and the imaginative Chocolate Spring Rolls.

With the inviting fireplace, roaring bonfire, flickering candlelight and the soft glow of the Japanese paper lanterns; hands down, Le Rustique takes the Capital Lifestyle Best Ambience Award (if there was one).

Le Rustique, a great place during the day, but if you haven’t seen it in the evening, I encourage you to make a reservation soon!

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Décor. Calm, warm, romantic and earthy – perfect for a romantic evening with your Honey or some quality family time with the troop.  Great outdoor patio dining space.   

Service. Personable: the staff and diners interact like family.  Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for recommendations – they know their stuff. 

Things to look forward to.  The dinner menu changes every Wednesday!  A feast for your eyes, every now and then the walls of Le Rustique features new artwork.  Don’t worry about the cold if you’re sitting outdoors; there are plenty of clay Chimineas to go around.  

Price. Prices are very reasonable and affordable. For example the entrees are around Ksh 550 and mains are from Ksh 700 – 900. 

 

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Food

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Homemade fishcakes with herb remoulade and dill potatoes.  Dry fishcakes are a common problem in many restaurants, but these homemade fishcakes were moist in the center and flavourful.  The herb remoulade wasn’t excessively oily.

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Asparagus with crispy parmesan and anchovy breadcrumbs.  Lovely, but the dish was a little bit on the dry side for my preference; perhaps just a little more butter…

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Mushroom and chorizo tarte tatin. The sautéed mushrooms and chorizo were delicious.  The chorizo sausage added a subtle smokiness and kick; adding to the layers of flavours.

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Mushroom risotto.  Our favourite!  The texture was perfect and each kernel of rice was full of the flavours from the mushrooms (Portobello, porcini and button).

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Malaysian fish curry with tomatoes and okra.

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Beef fillet with ratatoutille and sauce vierge.

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Chocolate spring rolls.  An imaginative and tasty dessert!

 

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Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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