Two weeks ago, N, her friend S, and I met up at Rice for dinner. As you can see on the extensive menu, the restaurant is Thai-based but split into 3 sub-sections: Rice Specialty, Authentic Thai, and Healthy Green. They also had a seasonal menu - which unfortunately for me was about 99% mushroom-based so I didn't really have to ponder over those for too long. I was a little surprised at the lack of noodle-based dishes they offered for dinner- yes, I realize it's called Rice, but still, it's a Thai restaurant, and I tend to gravitate towards noodle dishes at Thai places. Well, it was a good chance to make me order something different, haha.
Appetizer: Spring Roll Rice-Style with Taro, Carrot, Celery
I really enjoyed these spring rolls, from the Healthy Green section. I'm assuming the "healthy" portion really comes from what's inside these, because they were definitely still fried to a crisp. They came out hot and crunchy on the outside. The taro added an interesting texture, and I would definitely order these again.
Entree: Spicy Duck with Thai Herbs and Crispy Wild Ginger
It took a while for me to decide on my entree, but I'm glad I went with the spicy duck. I chose this mainly because duck isn't something I would cook at home myself, so I figured I could give it a try here. The portion was more than ample, especially after the spring rolls and bites of the other appetizers that N and S had ordered. I know the photo is pretty dark but there was large slices of duck mixed with herbs, really spicy peppercorns, and crispy ginger pieces throughout. I love spicy foods but I really had to make sure to take out the peppercorns from the dish- it was definitely spicy enough as it was without having to actually eat around those, haha. I did think the duck was a little too chewy/overcooked, but I feel like duck is something that can v. easily be overcooked, especially with a high-heat stir fry like this dish.
...with a side of Rice
The entree came with this side of rice, which had some sort of flavoring to it that I couldn't put my finger on. It was fine- I mean it's just a plate of rice after all, haha. It was definitely needed to balance out the sauciness/spicyness of the duck.
I figured this leftovers photo would give you a better idea of what the duck looked like, haha. This was a wonderful lunch for the next day :o)
I'm glad I tried out this place and had an enjoyable dinner there. My only issue would be the pricing, but that's because I am probably used to cheaper Thai places out in the suburbs, and not in the middle of DC. While it's a casual spot, it definitely had a more modern/cozy atmosphere than other Thai restaurants, which also changes the price point in general. Plus, it's a great option for dinner if you are planning on going to ACKC, right down the street, like we did!
1608 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009