After spending 3 years with Au Petit Salut , Paul, Jerome & Alice Low-Ang (Owner of The Salut Group) felt it time to step away from the group and set up their dream restaurant.
Situated on the charming Duxton Hill, Rhubarb Le Restaurant offers comfort amd elegance whilst retaining all the best characteristics of this conservation shophouse.
In the intimate dining room with just seven tables, guests are taken care of with special attention while watching the chefs in the open plan kitchen.
Strongly influenced by his origins, Jerome offers a wine list mainly based on french wines but you will find some surprises from old and new world.
In addition to the wine list, fine digestifs, In Colaboration with the Auld Alliance, a small selection of unique spirit.
I feel set lunches are a great way to encourage a patron to taste the food of great restaurants they might otherwise not care to frequent, as a la carte menus are pricey. So chefs could set out a clean menu with no price add-ons, bringing patrons one step closer to their venue.
As real as the Rhubarb menu dictates, I loved the wholesome feeling as soon as I stepped into Rhubarb. It had a warm, cosy, very intimate ambience, typical of European restaurants. The lead light that brought in natural sunlight into the centre part of the restaurant made all the difference. I felt I was outdoors but had the privilege of feeling cool in the air conditioned space. Very cleverly put together by the interior designer!
We made our choice of meal for the starter, main and dessert, all for $52++ but were served an appetiser on the house which was a pleasant surprise. Patrons love a surprise and I got mine!
My starter - ballotine of foie gras, bitter orange, fig and hazelnut chutney was divine. A beautiful blend of tastes I totally loved it. Of course all this with the chunky bread and French butter which topped off the start to my meal.
Proceeding to mains, I had the French sea bream, quinoa, mussels, saffron, crustacean. Firstly, his was a treat to my eyes in the way it was presented. This chef was clearly an artist too! Merging a bit of everything in my first bite I was wowed away by the full taste of the food.
Then came the chocolate dome, bergamot gel, orange and cardamom sorbet for dessert. I know chocolate and orange is a common combination but the touch of cardamom to this just lent a complete flavour to this most delicious end of meal. But it didn't end there!
Surprised once again by the chef, we were presented with a plate of yummy maccaroons on the house. After this sugar fix we ended with a coffee and were simply satiated.
Every bit of the Rhubarb experience was thought out. A simple ambience carefully designed coupled with an unbelievably well curated menu, we felt we would visit again for dinner.
As we paid the bill we were also told that there was a space upstairs for private events - solemnisations and small parties. Such a perfect space again, with natural light and the ambience you would expect!
The wine pairing was fantastic and the overall meal was not too heavy (for those who do not want to roll out of a restaurant feeling bloated), but was wonderfully satisfying in terms of flavours and textures.
The tempo of the service was perfect, no fuss or rush. Truly excellent. Thank you!