Picture walking down Nimmanhaemin Road—with its intimate alleyways and colorful lanterns—and suddenly you stumble upon a quaint, whimsical restaurant. There’s eclectic wood furniture, a large trellis overgrown with verdant plants, string lanterns, and bright, glossy green subway tiling. This is Rustic and Blue. And the food is as good as the décor. Order the mushroom and pear toast that will make you forget avocado ever existed (until, that is, you try their version of avocado toast) and the grilled Caesar salad topped with farm-fresh eggs and a salty, umami-packed homemade vinaigrette. Come ready to eat a lot—and stay late (there’s live music most nights). And then return in the morning for a vegan beetroot latte and thick slices of toasted house-made gluten-free bread slathered in house-made jam.

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