Ruxbin Introduces Communal Tasting Menu

By Sarah Freeman  |  December 2, 2015

The community of a family style meal meets the refinement of a prix fixe meal, with all of the flavors and creativity of both. This is the idea behind Ruxbin’s new communal tasting menu format. The contemporary American restaurant, praised for its French execution, is ditching tradition for a menu that allows chef and owner Edward Kim to “go back to the roots of what it means to commune and dine.”

The experience, served in five courses for $65 (with the option to add additional dishes for $12-15 per person), is tailored to the size of the party. For example, a course of venison over ramen risotto with pomegranate-duck jus (pictured) comes with a piece of perfectly seared meat for every person at the table, whether it is two or six. This presents a unique challenge to the kitchen that must be able to prepare the same dish several different ways.

“We needed to put a little fire under our asses and make ourselves a little uncomfortable as well,” Kim says. “We’ve been around for five years — let’s not get lazy and let’s not get complacent.” Presenting dishes like jackfruit carnitas with smoked tomato and chickpea pierogi in a sour rye broth, it’s difficult to call Ruxbin anything less than revolutionary. Even half a decade in.