Just for something a bit different and aged specific to have dinner with people within my own age group.
So if your're aged between 31 and 41 hope you can come along and enjoy an evening with like minded people as a few of us have already had the chance to meet but not really the chance to catch back up again.
Rustica Restaurant Newcastle Beach was launched in August of 2011; a collaboration between chef Mark Hosie and passionate hospitality man, Will Creedon.
Meaning ‘rural’ in Italian, Rustica was inspired by the social style of Mediterranean dining, the spice of North African cuisine and the emphasis on honest, superior-quality produce; a quality you’ll find at the heart of cooking in countries of the Med Basin.
Overlooking Newcastle Beach, Rustica offers stunning views from the outdoor plaza on King Street through to our remarkable coastline across Shortland Esplanade. Not to be outshone, however, is the Dion Ackland-designed interior which features authentic and hand-crafted pieces from both local artisans and obscure foreign locations.
Our philosophy on dining is that it’s an experience to be enjoyed and remembered. In the words of Mark and Will, ‘eat, drink and be merry!’
As we will be a group more than 10 the restaurant has advised that we select the banquet menu.
8 Dish Banquet $54 pp.
Duo of Rustica’s Mezze w/ ‘house-made’ flatbread
Local Pacific oysters w/ pomegranate relish
The ‘Butcher’s’ chorizo w/ pickled vegetables & croutes
Moroccan spiced whitebait w/ hydari
Pork & pistachio cromesquis w/ spiced pear chutney
Pumpkin arancini w/ garlic mayonnaise
Split & grilled Portuguese chicken w/peri peri & warm potato & pepper
Beetroot risotto w/ button mushrooms, peas & Binnorie feta