We had difficulty getting a reservation, but the restaurant squeezed us into a 75 minute time slot. I am always curious to see if the restaurant is really crowded, or if that is a game they play. We arrived on time and got the only free table. While there we noted that as each table emptied, the next occupants were there waiting. That gave us a clue about the validity of the rave reviews.
I am always fearful when invited to a steak house on the European continent, as the beef quality is generally poor. La Rustika's menu is filled with fish and steak dishes, the usual meat alternatives and a variety of exotic meats. We were four and each chose a different meat meal. Then we sampled each others. I chose the kangaroo as I had never had it before. As with most exotic meats it had a strong flavor and was a slight bit on the tough side. My wife had the lamb, while our other two companions had beef. To my surprise, all were good. The steak was well above the average compared to that found the continent.
The side dishes were also good to excellent. I had the baked potato as it is not common in Germany. The skin was crispy, the topping savory and the potato texture was excellent. This again was a pleasant surprise.
If you are visiting from the UK or the Americas, the beef dishes are what you expect in an above average restaurant at home. So, I would recommend one of the exotic meats. For Europeans looking for a good meal of beef, La Rustika is likely to please you. This is one of those few places where you can get a rare steak that is not tough. Beverages are pretty much standard. We did not have room to try the desserts.
The restaurant itself is noisy. The service is standard. The dining area is quaint and the toilets are from a bygone era. Prices are not unreasonable.
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