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.
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.
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.
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.
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