I met two foodie friends at RusTeak Restaurant and Wine Bar in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando. We chose a table outside to enjoy the beautiful March afternoon weather. We were hungry and ready to dig into the menu. We asked lots of questions and our server was very knowledgeable which to me was a good sign that this was a restaurant that knew what it was doing.
We started by splitting the Strawberry-Rosemary Scallops Mini appetizer. Three pan seared scallops were served on grilled brioche with a tomato, lettuce and citrus mayo. The bread was also smeared with a strawberry-rosemary shrub compote. (A shrub is a acidic fruity liquor) They were tall though very basic. The scallops were quite large but it was hard to taste the strawberry spread. The menu also stated the scallops were served on brioche toast points but I think we all agreed it was regular brioche bread.
My first foodie friend ordered the Lobster Roll. The lobster was mixed with a creamy herb citrus sauce and served on a toasted brioche roll. She seemed to have enjoyed it and the bistro fries it was served with were nicely seasoned and crisp.
My other friend ordered the PBLT – seared pork belly served with maple-pepper bacon, lettuce and tomato on garlic brioche. I have to admit that I did not try this dish though my friend certainly liked it. Pork belly has become such a trendy thing and if I ate meat this would have been something I would have wanted to order myself.
I had The Farmhouse Burger – the veggie burger (I am always looking for that perfect veggie burger!) The veggie patty is house made with red quinoa, shitake mushroom and tofu served with provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato and topped with a garlic-chive aioli. I liked this burger. It wasn’t too dry or crumbly- a common occurrence for most veggie burgers. It was crisp and hearty. Filled me up pretty quickly.
I ordered the Maple Brussels Sprouts as my side. Usually the dish is served with bacon but since everything was made to order it was easy for the kitchen to leave the bacon out. I am huge fan of Brussels sprouts- in any form. These were cooked nicely with a slight hint of a maple flavor.
The three of us also ordered a fourth entrée to split- the Priestly Pasta. Strozzapreti (long cavatelli) pasta with asparagus, tomatoes and spinach tossed in a sun-dried tomato and pesto cream topped with pecorino cheese and toasted pistachios. Of the dishes I tried (everything but the PBLT) this was my least favorite. I thought the pasta was slightly on the dry side and was missing something. What it was missing I am not sure but something.
Finally, for dessert we jumped into the Cronut with ice cream dessert. The cronut was the real thing- airy and light with lots of layers. I am glad I only had a small bite as it would have been so easy to eat the entire thing!
I thought the food was delicious and the atmosphere was quaint. A nice place for a romantic dinner, a business lunch or a get together with friends. Certainly a place I will not wait long to visit again. There is also a second location in Ocoee. Four out of five sprouts.