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Robust Wine Bar

March 29, 2011

A little while ago a few of us decided to head to Robust for a mid-week celebration of some fun news we had.  Although Ben lives really close to Webster Groves, we still don’t usually find ourselves going out in this area all that much, which is unfortunate because the more time I spend out here the more adorable places we keep finding!  While the menu here is very extensive at first glance, I loved that there’s so much detail in the descriptions of the wine…very helpful to a wannabe wine enthusiast.  There are so many choices of wine flights that you can sample and they come out accompanied by the descriptions so you’re reminded of what’s what.

I of course started with the sparking wine flight called ‘Bubble Bath’ and it was just what I wanted.  If you’re not into sampling different wines, you can also get lots of wines that would suit your tastes by the glass.  The boys were more into the bigger red wines, so it was nice that the place caters to all sorts of wine palettes.

Of course we also sampled some of their food.  They mostly do smaller tapas-style plates which you can nibble on while you drink.  Since these are kinda pricey, I’d suggest not coming here starving since you’ll probably spend way more on these little plates than you would have for an entree at a comparable place.  We started with the baked camembert, which was probably our favorite item of the evening.  This was baked in puff pastry and served with balsamic strawberries.  You really can’t go wrong with oozy melted cheese, so this is a must-get.  The other really cool thing about Robust is that the menu does a great job of pairing wines to the food you get, which I really haven’t seen done as much anywhere else here.

Next we ordered some sort of Carpaccio off the Charcuterie menu, which was not all that great, so probably would get the prosciutto next time instead.

The flatbreads were also awesome and more filling than the other dishes.  This one was topped with prosciutto and it was incredible.

We all thought the rib eye medallions would be the highlight here, but the flavors were just missing.  The medallions were served with potato puree and creamed spinach, and while the meat itself was prepared well the dish overall was a bit flat.

Overall the dining experience here was fun, mostly due to all the great wine options.  The atmosphere here is lively but the crowd here is definitely on the older side.  I was really impressed with how much effort they’ve put into their menu and how they make wine tasting so much less intimidating and am looking forward to drinking there again soon!

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