Sunday, 9 May 2010

Want excellent Fusion cuisine in Auckland CBD? Rice Restaurant is worth a go.

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.

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