Dinner on the Saturday night of our Human Brochure adventure was another multi-course meal with matching wines, this time at Rubicon.
6A Barker St
Griffith, ACT 2603
Ph: (02) 6295-9919
Rubicon is a much-lauded fine-dining restaurant, located on an unassuming suburban street in Griffith - it's actually just a few doors down from Aubergine! The menu is best described using that umbrella term: "modern Australian" - rooted in European (i.e. Italian/French) tradition, with some Asian influences thrown in. Let's have a look at the five-courses we enjoyed! (Six courses if you include the bread... well, it came with matching wine so I'm saying it counts!)
Sourdough with basil oil
2012 Nick O'Leary Riesling
The basil oil had a wonderfully fresh, punchy basil flavour, and the bread was crusty on the outside, with a chewy crumb. A good start.
Pink snapper, gruyere-stuffed diamond clams, pumpkin, kale, pancetta, sage beurre noisette
2011 Collector Lamplit Marsanne
Berkshire pork assiette - belly with chilli lime caramel; rolled shin and boudin noir with a crispy ear and herb salad
2011 Eden Road Tumbarumba Chardonnay
Second Course (non-pork option)
Zucchini flower, fetta macadamia stuffing, celeriac rémoulade, pinot noir glaze
Free range duck breast, confit duck leg and shitake terrine, pommes boulangere, pomegranate molasses
2010 Mount Majura Tempranillo
Grass fed beef rib eye, sauce bearnaise, confit tomato, thyme-roasted kipflers
2011 Hunting on Sundays Shiraz Cabernet
Cranberry, Lime and Gin Sorbet
Vanilla pannacotta, strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb sorbets, strawberries
2006 Pizzini Vin Santo
Overall I greatly enjoyed the meal, despite the hitch with dessert. I thought the service was very good, although chatting to some fellow humans after the meal I realised that not everyone had a similar experience. (You can read Miss Piggy's impressions of the night in her post about Canberra.)
Looking at Rubicon's website, a five-course degustation is $75 ($115 with matching wines), which I think is extremely reasonable. I know my friend An is keen to visit Rubicon - let's put it on the list for our next trip!
Sarah and Sandra visited Canberra as part of the Human Brochure campaign. This meal was included as part of the prize.