Sunday, June 11, 2017

Grain of Rice - Modern Asian Cuisine


Grain of Rice is an Asian restaurant, but differs from other Asian restaurants in that it is a no tipping establishment (just like Cafe Linnea), and it has a very limited menu of less than 10 items in order to ensure quality.


Instead of getting the full order of YinYang rolls which includes both deep fried spring rolls and salad rolls, I wanted only the salad rolls ($7) stuffed with sweet and juicy prawn. These were seriously the best prawn salad rolls I've ever tasted. I could tell they were made fresh to order, and everything from the translucent wrapper to the crisp lettuce and soft vermicelli was just perfect. The best part was that there was no skimping! Each roll was fully stuffed with two big and meaty prawns — the freshest I've ever seen in any salad roll.


Beef and rice noodles ($15) is a very common Cantonese dish, so I was curious to see how this unconventional Asian restaurant would execute it. Surprisingly, it was prepared in a very traditional method. The noodles were cooked well, and the dish had a lot of "wok hei". "Wok hei" is a term in Cantonese literally translated as "breath of the wok". By stir-frying over high heat and stirring constantly, the wok imparts a unique flavour to the dish by lightly charring the ingredients. Unfortunately the thinly sliced beef was not tender, but this may be due to the cut of beef, as flank steak is usually rather tough.


The vermicelli bowl ($15) is the most popular item here. I'm not too crazy about Vietnamese style vermicelli, so I rarely order it. I got it this time since the menu was so limited, and I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it. The vermicelli was served slightly warm with fresh lettuce and cucumber, and extremely fragrant lemongrass chicken. For those of you who are health conscious, you'll be happy to know that this is free range chicken breast meat.


Grain of Rice is open for both lunch and dinner, but please be aware that dinner prices are slightly higher. They do post promotions on Instagram, so keep an eye out for that @grainofriceyeg.
Current specials are:
Tuesday night - $10 beef and rice noodles (with drink purchase)
Wednesday night - $10 pho (with drink purchase)

Recommended Dishes:
- vermicelli bowl
- salad rolls

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