Dinner at Rubicon | Griffith shops

On Thursday evening Bron and I went to Rubicon for the first time. We’d heard a lot about Rubicon, almost all good, especially the food.

The restaurant entrance is deceiving. From the outside it’s next to the Griffith Vietnamese restaurant (mentioned previously). There are other restaurants but the sense from the front is of a small foot print. On entering the restaurant you can see it’s quite deep and it extends out the back
Rubicon’s À la carte menu is full of delightful choices. The entrée and main course selections are complex and very descriptive in terms of flavours. There are also vegetarian options that integrate nicely into the full menu.
For an entrée I chose Pork assiette–belly with chilli lime caramel, rolled shin and boudin noir, crispy ear and herb salad. The rolled shin, crispy ear and herb salad was delicious and full of flavour. The pork belly was nice but the skin was slightly tough and chewy.
Pork assiette

For a main course I wanted pork again and chose the Confit of duck leg, Toulouse sausage and pork cassoulet.The duck was very nice. Not as nice as the duck I had in Ho Chi Minh City recently, but still very nice. The Toulouse sausage was quite strong but not unpleasant. The pork cassoulet was a little disappointing. There wasn’t much pork but the beans and green pepper corns gave it great flavour.
Confit of duck leg

For dessert I chose the chocolate caramel tart with white chocolate ice cream. I found this okay but nothing to write home about. The caramel was a smear on the plate and I couldn’t sense any caramel in the chocolate tart itself.
Caramel chocolate tart

The service is pretty friendly and relaxed. The wait staff were attentive but there were times when we felt we were waiting longer than we’ve waited before in similar restaurants like Aubergine and Sage.
This is our first time at Rubicon. I’d rate it worthwhile for those who enjoy fine dining in Canberra. If I was asked where I’d go if given a choice between Aubergine, Sage and Rubicon I’d take the order I just wrote although the difference between Aubergine and Sage is small with some distance to Rubicon.

I’m sorry about the poor photography. The lighting was poor.

Rubicon http://www.rubiconrestaurant.com.au/home
UrbanSpoon http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/344/1544376/restaurant/ACT/Canberra/Rubicon-Griffith
Rubicon on Urbanspoon
TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g255057-d728062-Reviews-Rubicon-Canberra_Greater_Canberra_Australian_Capital_Territory.html
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/kuDZC

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    • You’re right. Napkins were a pass, they were cloth. The dunny was a 2.75/5. The wait service etiquette was a pass too. I’ve been thinking of modifying the dunny system.

  5. Sounds like a French restaurant, given your menu choices. Have you purchased the Canberra Entertainment Guide, Gary? It costs $60 and you can buy it from places like RSPCA and Magpies Football Club. it’s chocka block with great discount vouchers for some awesome places. A friend of mine who just moved here was given one and I liked the look of it so much I just bought one myself and have already used about five vouchers from it. Here is a link. Well worth it, especially since you and Bron dine out so often. Plus it’s a great way to discover new restaurants. http://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/about/tell-me-more/canberra

      • Soooo worth it. Everything from vouchers for 25% off or buy one meal get one free in fancy restaurants, to a buy one get one free mcdonalds voucher. Then there are enteretaionment ones like two hoyts tickets for $20, or 25% off into qUestacon…it’s the size of a good sized novel or travel guide book, so you do get a lot for your money.

      • Soooo worth it. Everything from vouchers for 25% off or buy one meal get one free in fancy restaurants, to a buy one get one free mcdonalds voucher. Then there are enteretaionment ones like two hoyts tickets for $20, or 25% off into qUestacon…it’s the size of a good sized novel or travel guide book, so you do get a lot for your money. And if you get it now, it doesn’t expire until 1st June next year so that’s still a good eight or so months to use it.

      • Oh, and you can also buy them online – i bought mine online and it was delivered. postage was about seven bux. Google Canberra Entertainment Book and you will see where to get one.

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