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R. Rice, a Thai and sushi spot located in Sandy Springs, has been open about a year. The restaurant is located a couple doors down from Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant. With lots of businesses nearby, R. Rice does a pretty good lunch business. However, they have a terrific dinner menu which we were invited to sample.
Although there are lots of specialty Martinis, I started my meal with a sweet Thai Iced Tea and paired my sushi with a glass of Riesling instead of Sake. Our group of four decided to order several appetizers and entrees and simply share everything.
Beginning with the Tofu and Calamari, our meal was off to a solid start. While the Tuna Pizza was quite tasty and didn’t skimp on Tuna at all, it was the Fried Soft Shell Crab that was the unanimous favorite at our table. The King and Queen’s Crown, (crab meat encased in a crown of avocado) was a close second.
Even though there were four of us sharing, choosing what to order was a difficult decision, because of the many tempting options. I’ve had Pork Katsu and Chicken Katsu, but never Grouper Katsu, so I knew I wanted to sample that as well as the Masaman Curry. Both were huge portions. The Grouper was perfectly done and the sauce complimented it perfectly, not too overpowering. The Masaman curry was equally tasty and plenty large enough for lunch the next day.
For sushi, although there are perennial favorites on R. Rice’s menu, we chose the standout items, like the Hawaiian roll, a shrimp roll with a Ginseng Honey sauce. It was lovely, but the flavor and texture of the American Dream roll with Tuna, Eel, Scallop wrapped into soybean paper was heavenly. And how pretty is this Lollipop roll with cucumber wrap?
We also talked to the owner, Mr. Lin, who gave us quite an education about sushi. He shared with us how passionate he is about providing quality sushi to his guests. Many restaurants will pack rolls full of rice to save on cost, according to Mr. Lin. He doesn’t do that, instead offering quality sushi in generous portions.
The food was outstanding and the pricing is reasonable. Specialty rolls and dinner entrees are all around $12. The pretty decor fits the bill for a casual date night or group outing. Would you like a $25 gift certificate to sample R. Rice? Go like my Facebook page and tell me what your favorite sushi roll is by writing on the Facebook wall. One entry per person please. Enter through May 2. I will select the winner using Random.org. I will let the winner know via Facebook on May 3.
R. Rice Website
1140 Hammond Drive
Sandy Springs, GA