Chopstick masters are capable of amazing acts of dexterity, such as juggling rice and tuck-pointing a sandcastle one grain at a time. Boost your mitt fitness with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of Asian fusion cuisine and sushi at Rice: Asian Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar.
Rice's chefs guide tongues on culinary journeys through the piquant cuisines of East and Southeast Asia, blending the flavors of Japan, China, Thailand, and Vietnam into a unified menu of curries, noodles, and sushi. Start a meal or juggling career with an order of gyoza, six pan-fried pork dumplings ($5), followed by tasty sips of hot and spicy tom yum goong soup ($10). Five savory curries then sate clamoring tummies with submersibles of chicken, beef, tofu, or shrimp ($11–$14). Rice's sushi chefs take pride not only in the complex flavor palate of the Playboy roll ($12), but also in the presentation of the dish and plate a multicolored array of shrimp tempura, cucumber, and avocado topped by stack of tuna drizzled in a spicy and savory sauce and served atop a smoking jacket. For the Taboo roll, the seafood stars pack hamachi, tempura asparagus, and yam into a tiny seaweed cocoon before topping it with baked salmon, macadamia nuts, and eel ($12).
The delectable dishes garnish lacquered tables in Rice's dining room, illuminated by sunlight beaming in through expansive windows stretching toward a lofted ceiling. In the evening, pendant lamps softly light the black-and-electric-green sushi bar adorned with a glass case to show off the brightly colored rolls like the Elvis museum shows off the King's prized paperclip.
Rice: Asian Fusion Cuisine and Sushi Bar
Lacquered tables lit by sunlight from expansive windows gleam in Rice's modern dining room. Spicy aromas waft in from the kitchen, foretelling the arrival of entrees that blend the culinary traditions of Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Some of these flavors meld within the dishes themselves: combining grilled steak, asparagus, and eel sauce, the Cowboy sushi roll melts away boundaries between East and West, much like a blast furnace full of old compasses. But chefs also cook traditional Asian recipes, such as a Thai curry with coconut milk or Japanese udon noodles with tempura shrimp. And they're accommodating of other diets, too. Several vegetarian dishes incorporate soy chicken substitute, whose tender texture pleased the writer of a 2009 In This Week review.