SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Rhubarb le Restaurant

Modern French fine dining restaurant with conceptual seasonal plates lands on Duxton Hill

It's not particularly trendy, but Rhubarb Le Restaurant has had a loyal following every since it first threw open its doors over a year ago. It's easy to see why: the lovechild of French dining temply Au Petit Salut alums Chef Paul Longworth and manager Jerome Desfonds, this classy dove gray and white space serves up refined and seasonal French food in its open-plan kitchen. No gimmicks here, just solid food and some interesting ingredients. The a la carte menu has dishes like Obsiblue prawn tartare with seaweed, pomelo and Oscietra caviar, and their signature pigeon breast and leg confit with rhubarb and rose puree. There are lunch and dinner degustations, too.

The buzz: Duxton Hill is now home to a fine dining French restaurant run by famed Au Petit Salut’s old head chef Paul Longworth and manager Jerome Desfonds.

The vibe: Intimate without being too cramped, this airy 40-seater space is surprisingly restrained with a muted dove gray, dark wood and white wall color scheme. It’s not stuffy in the least, though, and has a quiet but modern touch with its clean lines, colorful and bold artwork and a glimpse into the open kitchen.
 
The food: A perfect marriage of haughty French tradition with a light and modern upgrade. There are tons of interesting combinations like quinoa stuffed squid with squid ink aioli, chorizo and piquillo pepper froth ($26); a sculptural stack of Japanese scallops with pork belly, crisp chicken skin and white chocolate ($48); and their signature breast and confit leg of pigeon with glistening grapes rolled in candied nuts and sesame and finished with a rhubarb and rose purée ($64).
 
The drinks: In true French style, there’s a French-leaning wine list. They’ve got bottles (from $88) and by-the-glass (from $15) options like the stellar Champagne Chapuy Blanc de Blanc ($22/glass, $125/bottle) and an ultra decadent Chateau Lafleur for a cool $920.
 
Why you’ll be back: The food is refined without being gimmicky. There are interesting combinations not often found in other French restaurants and that don't blow the budget. Plus, they've got a solid lunch deal ($42 for three courses).
Venue Details
Address: Rhubarb le Restaurant, 3 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089589 Singapore
Phone: 8127-5001
Website: www.rhubarb.sg
Area: Tanjong Pagar
Cuisine: French
Open since: August, 2014
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:45am-2:30pm, 6:30-10pm; Sat 6-10:30pm
Nearest trainChinatown
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