Media Dinner Review.
The Rice Den is a modern Cantonese restaurant that was formerly located in Chatswood. It is now open at St Leonards housed under an apartment complex along Chandos Street. Expect Affordable Cantonese and tasty dishes great for sharing. Their menu opens to their Banquet options (minimum 4) and that’s priced at an attractive $40 while the vegetarian option is only $35.
Inside, The Rice Den is an appealing mix of chinoserie elements, with a tastefully done fitout – we particularly liked the abacus styled paneling surrounding the open kitchen. The de rigeur asian styled birdcage is also here and houses the incandescents. The overall effect is an intimate appropriately Asian mod Restaurant.
Soft Shell Crab on mung bean noodles is one of the best things on their menu here. $24. Good value with plenty to eat and delicious. Pick.
Canton style BBQ Pork Neck Char Siew and their Yanzhou styled Fried Rice ($16 ea)
Wasn’t quite sure what the brioche dish was as it was so well soaked that the spoon just cut it like it was soft butter. A compellingly rich and tasty dessert. Ovaltine Panacotta was inspired by Chef’s childhood eats back in Hongkong and served up with modern presentation. Just set pannacotta jiggled and pleased.
The Rice Den up at St Leonards quitely notably opens up their menu to Set Banquets and we think that’s the way to go here. Its well priced and for the money $40 and under you can get through their tasty Cantonese eats. Highly Recommended, good eats Canton style