We had only been to Rice in Auckland CBD once before and that was a few years ago, we enjoyed it then, and we weren’t disappointed when we returned again last night.
The decor is simple but elegant, and there is a nice classy ambience that is matched by the use of lovely crockery and glasses.
For an entree I had the tasting platter so got to sample a number of the entree dishes. The salt & pepper squid was lovely and soft, the beef tataki had a lovely bbq flavour and was my highlight. The rest of the plater was ok although nothing worthy of writing about (so I won’t).
Jane had an excellent salad that comprised of duck, watermelon, scallops, greenery and shoots that she thoroughly enjoyed. She accompanied this with a Te Mata Zara Viognier (at the recommendation of the waiter) that worked magnificently.
For our mains I had Snapper that then had Tom Yum poured over it that was lovely, and Jane had Chilli-crusted Tuna that tasted great although the Chilli was definitely of a very mild variety. We accompanied the mains with some beautiful beans (in a tasty sauce that currently escapes me in terms of what was in it) and edamame. I had a Yalumba Shiraz Viognier with my meal that was nice and Jane had a Central Otago Nevis Bluff Pinot Gris that had nectarine and grapefruit characteristics and went well.
For dessert I had the chocolate platter with sweet corn ice-cream that was nice but not wow-worthy, and Jane had the donuts that were accompanied with a Passionfruit curd and a Salted Peanut ice-cream that she enjoyed. Jane also had a Yalumba Dessert wine that was lovely and was an excellent companion.
We had excellent service, that we felt was a little over the top at times, and all meals arrived in a timely manner. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines and for pairing with the food, and was good at keeping our water topped up. We will happily return again.