Rustig at Rustica Restaurant

Home for the holidays, I finally got to eat at Rustica Rib House and Restaurant, a firm favourite with my twin sister’s family.


Fairy lights, fairways, feline sightings – and good food.

Rustica Restaurant

Quaint and lush… Rustica Restaurant

Situated on the Kimiad Golf Course, Moreleta Park, going to Rustica separates you from Pretoria’s sprawling suburbia for a bit as you look over the golf green. Agapanthas greet you as you arrive (as my mom says, “What would a South African garden be without some?”), as does this impressive bougainvillea bush.

We spotted a super-shiny Ferrari in the parking lot, and SA Olympic swimmer Roland Schoeman was leaving with his model girlfriend Rachel Marie Mortenson as we arrived, so this is clearly The Spot.

In addition to the resident strays (an oxymoron this cat-lover appreciates), you may spot monkeys or blesbok as you dine. And kids are free to run on the lawn or jump on the jumping castle.

On the menu, the ribs, steaks and Portuguese chicken are popular. I had a seafood broth – the New Orleans, made with Chorizo sausage, prawns and calamari. YUM!