Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rice to Riches

Rice - 115 Lexington Avenue/28th Street (Pan-Asian) (A Seamless Web Review)

A popular mid-town restaurant, known for Pan-Asian/Eclectic cuisine. Though never officially on my list, I've read many glowing reviews of Rice, praising both the food and the affordability. Thanks to Seamless Web--and another late night at the office--I finally gave Rice a try - ordering a full selection of appetizer, entree and dessert.

The appetizer? Carrot rice balls - basic maki rolls made with brown rice, and topped with green salad. Not bad...though a little dry. Served with a side of sticky rice, the Thai coconut curry was wetter, with a mild, pleasant flavor. Hardly awe-inspiring (though the leftovers made for a great breakfast the next day.) The dessert was perhaps best (and closest to authentic) - a Thai banana leaf wrap, filled with sticky rice and plantain....definitely the most authentic item of the meal.

Ultimately the food proved competant, and pleasant enough for a casual meal. But is Rice memorable, and worthy of extra praise? Not to my mind. (or taste buds). But then, at Seamless Web there's always Sushi Time...and that's good enough for me.

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