Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 22:30
Tucked away at the shophouses of the Jalan Peminpin, Rubato Modern Italian Trattoria is a hidden gem among the coffee shops and hawker centres of the Bishan region. The restaurant entices diners with its sumptous spread of handmade pastas, freshly baked pizzas and freshest seafood.
We have a curious admiration for new restaurants tucked deep in the bowels of the city’s suburbs. We were, therefore, raring to checkout Rubato when we learnt of its debut in a shop house embedded in the Jalan Pemimpin industrial estate.
At first glance, Rubato looked the trattoria part with its white washed space overhung with bird cage-like lamps and a rear courtyard surrounded by lush potted plants. But cruel reality swiftly set in when, instead of being pampered by a red-blooded Italian host, we were served by a crew of imported talents. Don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against foreign talents from Philippines or, for that matter, India; but the glaring lack of staff training in things that matter to table service cannot be condoned.
So when our question about the much hyped-up executive chef, apparently a former staff of Raffles Hotel, drew a pregnant pause, we knew we were not in good hands.
Thankfully, our starter of chargrilled squid on a bed of mesclun leaves ($28) came to the rescue with lobes of voluptuous flesh that was smoky as it was succulent. The squid’s hefty price tag, however, compromised our budget and we swiftly swooped down on the stomach filling pastas, apparently Rubato’s pride and joy.
Yes, Rubato’s fettucini alfredo tossed with jumbo tiger prawns ($19.80) hit the sweet spot perfectly with al dente pasta enrobed in an addictive butter and blue cheese-enriched cream sauce. The ensuing tagliatelle with hunks of porcini mushrooms ($28) and seafood linguini baked in parchment paper ($26.80) were, however, pedestrian.
Much to our chagrin, our main course of wood fire-roasted pork belly with shitake mushrooms ($25.80) arrived completely buried in globules of belly fats.
Just when we thought that our worst nightmare was over, the rum-laced chocolate fondant ($14.80) arrived sitting pretty alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a frenzy of scuttering ants.
Now that we have quenched our curiosity for this out-of-the-way Italian joint, suffice to say that our reservations are going back to our time-tested trattoria haunt.
had a good dinner w my husband, not crowded at 7pm on a Sunday.
burrata ($48) - came with two slices of prosciutto and some cherry tomatoes. smooth, creamy and good!
pizza bread ($12) - really nice combi with the burrata
maine lobster ($68) - cooked with butter, lemon pepper. all right, angelhair pasta slightly salty
chocolate fondant ($13.90) - small, but perfect to end off the meal. nice texture, thick and delicious chocolate lava topped off with citrus orange crumble that gave a nice contrast
ambience - not bad, pretty quiet
service - so-so, fast enough
It's not closed but probably wished it did. This could be a way to avoid unfavorable review but here I go.
Made a reservation at Rubato for Christmas dinner for spouse @ 2 kids. Went there but was told only Christmas dinner available. Not fine.
Saw another table of 2 families with kids having pizza and pasta not from the Christmas menu. Asked and was told that's because they had advance reservation. Fine.
Saw another family with kids who settled down and was ready to order. Heard the man asked very loudly why they were not told of Christmas menu when they booked? They were then allowed to order from regular menu. Not fine!
Christmas menu has no food suitable for my 2.5 yr old.
The main course was too salty.
To be fair the burrata was nice.
Overall, the whole experience was totally destroyed but I kept quiet as I didn't want to ruin our family's Christmas dinner.
1) Why didn't Rubato tell us about Christmas menu over the phone when we booked?
2) Why was the other table allowed to order from regular menu after they kicked up a fuss?
3) Why did you ruin my Christmas dinner?