Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Rice Den, Chatswood

A good meal isn't just about good food; customer service, atmosphere and pricing are just some of the important factors. My recent visit to Rice Den had all the ticks. The restaurant is really small, however I liked it so much more because of the fact that it was small because it gave it that warm and cosy feel.

Singaporean rice noodles

For such a small restaurant, their menu was quite extensive because they had different types of noodles, rice, desserts, soups, salads and they even had a long specialty list. Speaking of specialty, the House specialty which is a deep fried Barramundi is a must. By glancing at the table next to us, it looked amazing.

Deep fried salt & pepper squid - $9

Hot & Sour Soup - $7
The salt and pepper squid was a good idea for a cold winter's night. There wasn't too much batter nor was it drowned in salt and pepper. The most impressive thing was that it wasn't too oily unlike most other squids you would find elsewhere.

The hot and sour soup was well balanced between the hot and sourness. Perhaps I am just used to more Shanghainese hot and sour soups where I prefer for the soup to be more hot or at least, for the flavours to be stronger.

Tom Yum Fried Rice - $15
Singaporean Rice Noodles - $13

One of my favourites things about the restaurant was the service. The waiters would ask you if you were in a rush or if you would like the food to be brought out in a certain order. After the entree's we were asked if we were ready for our mains, minutes later, they came flooding out.

Both the fried rice and the noodles were equally just as colourful and tasty. The tom yum flavours in the fried rice and especially the sweetness, wasn't too strong which meant that you could still taste the flavours of all the other vegetables. The rice noodles weren't soggy and the prawns and bbq pork was a good combination.

The only thing I thought they could adjust was the oiliness of the fish. I understand that the two main dishes were quite oily in nature however if they had added a tad less oil, the dish would have been perfect.

The Rice Den
3/77 Archer Street, Chatswood NSW

The Rice Den on Urbanspoon

Gotta go eat!!

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