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Rubicon was a pleasent surprise


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Rubicon was a pleasent surprise

Wendy Lai | Jun 14, 2003 12:35 AM

For my husband Von's birthday we went to Rubicon last night.

The food was California French. Having just come back from the best two weeks of eating in our lives in Paris, we were hoping Rubicon could measure up. As it turned out, everyone thoroughly enjoyed himself or herself. The food was great, clean fresh tastes, with well thought out and sometimes innovative food combination. The wine selections were large, just as this board reported. The service was very attentive, never having to ask for water or more bread. And on top of everything their prices was so reasonable. For a three course prefix vegetarian, it was $32, and for a three course regular prefix it was $45. Their prefix basically consisted of the same items as on the regular menu, and we had our choice of any desserts off the menu. They also had a four course prefix and a chef's menu. If you like what's on the prefix, the price is so worth it.

I choose the vegetarian prefix with a green salad with machango cheese and vinaigrette, oyster mushroom ravioli and my choice of dessert which was chocolate hazelnut soufflé. Except for the salad which was way to salty for me, I love everything that I ate. Actually, the salad itself was excellent. Fresh greens mixed with mint, dill and other herbs was a really surprising combination. The ravioli was very good as well. Perfectly al dente and filled with a savory mushroom filling, the meat was not missed at all from this entree. The soufflé was too small :) That's my only complaint. Chocolaty, sweet, and crunchy with bits of hazelnut, the soufflé was worth the extra fifteen minutes of wait.

I had a bite of everything else: NY strip steak, halibut, seared scallops and tuna tartar. Everything was delicious. We decided this is definitely a place we would go back again, perhaps to try their chef's menu with wine pairing.

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