No Laptops. No iPads. Phone Calls Outside.
‘No laptops. No iPads. Phone calls outside’. The house rules list at Ruxbin is manna to the ears. At last a restaurant where no-one is on the phone and people are encouraged to eat their food, not tweet or blog it! You may think such stringency would lead to empty tables or at least a subdued air, but far from it - Ruxbin’s cheerful and breezy, retro-canteen dining room, complete with vintage architectural salvage theatre seats and church pews, is so busy that reservations are taken on Sundays only, and for everyone else it’s first come, first served or... ‘the waitlist’. Dun, dun, dun!
And wait you may just have to at this relaxed but very hard-working BYOB, 32-seat diner, named in GQ magazine’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants of 2012. Chef Edward Kim (Le Cordon Bleu alum and ex-Per Se) plates a short but highly accomplished daily changing menu that sees pork belly with cornbread, jicama, grapefruit, blue cheese and citrus vinaigrette sit happily alongside maple-soy glazed black cod with winter greens, celeriac puree and peanuts. With mains south of USD30 and appetisers hovering around USD12, you can afford to bring along the Haut-Brion. Just remember to wave bye-bye to the Blackberry...