[Updated] Rhubarb Le Restaurant has been awarded 1 Michelin star in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2016.
[Original Entry] Rhubarb is an ingredient used in tarts and cakes, giving them a distinct sweet flavour and a pretty pinkish-purple shade. It is also the name of the French restaurant – Rhubarb Le Restaurant, which has earned favourite reviews amongst many local food critics.
But of course, the Duxton Hill restaurant is helmed by Chef Paul Longworth, who has built a positive reputation over at Au Petit Salut. His team, along with restaurant manager Jerome Desfonds, was one who worked well.
You may not find ‘rhubarb’ used extensively in the menu though, just over at one of the mains of Pigeon ($64) as a rhubarb and rose puree, and sorbet in their dessert, called well, Rhubarb& ($18).
The 3 course lunch is a friendly price of $42, considering this is French fine dining standard. I must add that our table did an ‘unorthodox’ thing of ordering every item on the lunch menu and shared them, just to get a taste of everything.
For me, the amuse bouche of a charcoal ice cream cone filled with duck rillettes and roe was an uplifting start. Some at the table felt that the taste was clashing; I thought it was triggering and gave a clue on what else was to come.
Starter wise, I liked the White Onion Veloute – rich, smooth, and velvety, which reminded me of a similar bowl I had at Amber, though not as mind-blowing.
The Quail with endive, baby carrots and pea pulp was quite exceptional in texture and flavour. The dish didn’t need much additional embellishments, the meat was good enough on its own.
I would normally shun quails, because they rubbery and tough if prepared improperly. Rhubarb’s version was done just right.
Their other two mains, a Rump of Lamb with king oyster mushrooms, balsamic braised Bombay onion, and Norwegian Ocean Trout with baby beetroots and sugar pea were considerably delicious, but didn’t impress.
Taste wise, they bordered on being safe, and unsurprising.
We found some delight in the Pistachio Meringue, and Rhubarb Sorbet – which indeed lived up to the restaurant’s name, whereas the Chocolate & Cream Cheese Mousse had distracting contrasts on an almost bland-tasting centre matched with heavily brandied cherries.
Rhubarb Le Restaurant is a great restaurant on many levels – for some of its execution, comfortable setting and amiable service. With that said, we did come expecting more.
Rhubard Le Restaurant
3 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089589
Tel: +65 81275001
Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm (Mon to Fri); 7pm to 10.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated./em>