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Dinner with some visiting South Korean colleagues


In one of the outer suburbs of Canberra there is a lovely Italian restaurant called Rubicon and one night a friend and I took two of our international visitors there for dinner.


It’s a quaint little place that’s been around since 2000 and has four small dining rooms including a terrace which is lovely for small parities.  I have eaten here a few times and on this occasion, which was a Monday night, it was pretty quiet.


I don’t usually eat a great deal on week nights so ordered a lovely salad of fennel, orange, radicchio and hazelnuts; delicious.  I really love fennel.


For entree our visitors ordered the gruyère and chestnut twice cooked soufflé with tomato kasundi and labneh which they shared.


My Aussie friend Jon ordered the scallops and confit chicken with bacon jam, apple and calvados [which I now know is an apple brandy from the Normandy region in France].


So far the meals have been delicious.  Then our international guests ordered the chargrilled Wagyu rib eye with miso onions, boulangère, gentlemen’s relish and horseradish which again they shared.  I really have no idea what ‘gentlemen’s relish’ is…or why it’s called that but they loved their meal.


Jon ordered the duck breast with pickled blood plum, salt baked celeriac, beets, black eye beans, kale and duck brick…he loved this too…but again no idea what a ‘duck brick’ is….some restaurants just have strange names for things I think!!


Of course there were the obligatory fries with the meal….I would love to say I didn’t have any but I did have a few…


It was a rather quick meal as we had been out sightseeing all afternoon and I was a bit tired [getting too old to stay out late these days], but a lovely meal and the main thing is our international guests enjoyed themselves.