Rice Contemporary Asian
A Modern Multicultural Experience
Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine has already made its mark on the culinary culture in the Treasure Valley since their opening in February 2013. The fusion restaurant serves a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, Korean, and Vietnamese foods, prepared unlike any other local venue. Not only is the faire noteworthy, but also it is paired with a unique atmosphere and modern décor with Asian influences. Patrons often photograph the lanterns and chandeliers. People repeatedly comment on the friendliness of the staff, which brings the restaurant to life.
The chefs at Rice are continually educating themselves and improving their skills in order to provide the freshest and most authentic dishes. Rice uses local produce and partners with local farms and ranches to ensure their food is of the highest quality. Since all foods are prepared fresh to order, menu items can be made more or less spicy according to guest preferences. The majority of Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine’s dishes also have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, providing a delectable alternative to suit every taste.
One particular specialty is Korean Bulgogi Beef, which is a sliced rib eye steak from local Double R Ranch, which is marinated before being stir-fried without oil. It is then served on a hot plate with rice, kim chi, carrots and daikon pickle, along with Korean chili paste and romaine lettuce. This luscious entrée cannot be found at any other restaurant in the Treasure Valley.
The delectable food is not the only reason to visit Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine. The drinks and exceptional bar are reasons worth visiting on their own. Between their 4-7 Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials and discounts during Boise State football games, they have every feature you might want in a night out or place to watch the big game. One especially unique about Rice is their Thirsty Thursday, with live music from 6-9 and buy one, get one free drinks. What makes this different from offers at other locales is that they include all alcoholic drinks, including bottles of wine in this promotion.
Continuing in their desire to remain focused on offering local; Rice carries a variety of locally brewed beers, and wines from surrounding area vineyards. Just a few of their local offerings include Payette Brewing, Sockeye Brewing, and Grand Teton. Wines include bottles from boutique wineries such as Cinder and 616 Cellar.
Getting a great deal on beverages has excellent appeal, but according to the Boise Weekly’s Best of Boise awards, that is just the beginning. Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine and one of their bartenders, Major Ludewig, took two of the coveted awards this year. Their specialty Lemon Basil Martini won Best Martini, while Ludewig took home the prize for Boise’s Best Bartender. Rice also placed third in the category for Best Happy Hour.
From a new take on General Chicken to Thai curries, Rice is sure to impress, and leave diners excitedly planning their next visit. Tice will cater for any size party and will also host large events. Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine is located at 228 East Plaza Street in Suite Q in Eagle. The can be reached at 208.939.2595 or on their website at www.RiceEagle.com.
*As published in The Urban Liaison Magazine’s Holiday issue. The publication can be read online here.