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The Best Brunch Place in West Didsbury – Rustik Cafe Bar

by S. H.
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Brunch is always a good start for a weekend morning!

There are many nice independent cafes in West Didsbury, not just in the Northern Quarter. S has always wanted to try them! Rustik is the one we’re gonna try! Rustik is located on Burton Road, the same street as Volta. They don’t just serve brunch, but also serve dinner and cocktails. Moreover, they also have live music performance from Thursday to Sunday night. 

rustik didsbury entrance

After entering the restaurant, the staff were quite friendly and showed us our seats. The restaurant was not big, but the atmosphere here was cosy and homey in a quirky rustic way. As you can see that the owner has put some extra thought into the decor, such as putting light bulbs in rope knots suspended from the ceiling, and a bar-style pipe table facing the window. Furthermore, it was a dog-friendly restaurant as S saw a customer whom brought 2 dogs with him that day. 

rustik didsbury inside
rustik didsbury inside

There were not many selections on the brunch menu but there were enough options to eat, and the drinking menu was pretty good. There were also menus for dinner and waffles. As for the brunch, we had Hearty Waffle (£8.5) and Smokey Bacon & Steak Sourdough Sandwich (£13) with hot chocolate (£3) and mocha (£3).

S visited another time and tried their The Big “Breakfast” Bagel(£9.5) and Biscoff waffle(£7.5) which was also absolutely amazing too!

rustik didsbury mocha and hot choloate
Mocha (front) and hot chocolate (back)

We didn’t wait for long after the drinks were served. The food came right after which was pretty good, since S likes to eat her food with a drink. 

Hearty Waffle included pork chipolatas, smoked streaky bacon, fried eggs & maple infused hollandaise. The waffle texture was crunchy and thick, as it didn’t have too much air in it, which made it difficult to cut and eat but overall was delicious. The maple infused hollandaise was not too sweet, and the mixture of maple syrup and hollandaise had a special flavour which went well with this dish.

rustik didsbury hearty waffle
Hearty Waffle
rustik didsbury hearty waffle
Hearty Waffle

As for the Smokey Bacon & Steak Sourdough Sandwich, when it first came to the table, S couldn’t find where was the steak until moving the bread a bit. The steak was a bit chewy but not too tough, and the sourdough was amazing! 

rustik didsbury smokey bacon and steak sourdough sandwich
Smokey Bacon & Steak Sourdough Sandwich
rustik didsbury smokey bacon and steak sourdough sandwich
Smokey Bacon & Steak Sourdough Sandwich

The Big “Breakfast” Bagel surely fit its name properly, the portion of the dish was quite big. However, it was not as filling as the one in Thyme Out. The bacon was very crispy and the sausages were also very tasty.

The Best Brunch Place in West Didsbury - Rustik Cafe Bar
The Big “Breakfast” Bagel

The Biscoff waffle with salted caramel ice cream, whipped cream & crunchy salted caramel pieces was a delish! The waffle texture was slightly different compared to the Hearty Waffle which this one was softer. The only tiny criticism was that S couldn’t really taste any salted flavour but mostly just caramel, but overall it’s an awesome dish! If you like some waffles, you can also try the Carmello in Didsbury Village and you won’t be disappointed!

The Best Brunch Place in West Didsbury - Rustik Cafe Bar
Biscoff waffle

Overall, the portions were quite generous especially since either of us couldn’t finish our meals. S really loved the atmosphere of this place, and would love to try the dinner menu and visit the live music night some other time. If you’re around this neighbourhood, S definitely recommends to pop in to this quirky little cafe bar. 

Restaurant info:
Address: 198 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 1LH
Phone: 0161 222 0984
Opening hours: Tue.-Sun. 12:00 to 00:00(Fri.-Sat. are till 00:30)
Site: http://rustikcafebar.co.uk


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