Rice, Auckland, New Zealand

In this case Rice is a restaurant in the Auckland CBD, not the cereal 🙂

Rice is a really modern, Asian fusion restaurant on Federal Street in the Auckland CBD.

When we arrived only one of the tables was taken, but we were advised that we could have the only table that was not reserved. By the time we left around 90 minutes later all of the tables were full. This is a very well patronised restaurant.

To start off a good selection of beer, wine and cocktails were available. I decided on a Becks and my dinner partner decided to try a cocktail.

The food selection was impressive, and it was extremely hard to choose. Luckily, Rice have a tasting plate that allows you to try four of Rice’s dishes chosen daily by the chef. Today the tasting plate consisted of Gyoza, Salt and Pepper Squid, Rice Paper Rolls & Fish (sorry, I’m not a fish fan, so I didn’t take note of what type of fish it was).

Onto the main course, we chose two from around a choice of 15 and decided to share.

I chose a Red Thai duck breast curry, tomato berry, bok choi, pickled pineapple and it was simply superb. The duck was crispy and extremely tasty, and the sauce wasn’t overly spicy. One of the better duck curries I’ve had over the years.

The other main was a Braised Wagyu beef cheeks, orange kumara, snake beans, fresh coconut. This was another absolutely scrumptious dish, though it did come across as just a little too salty, but really nice nonetheless.

If you are in Auckland, make sure you visit Rice.