Wild Rice offers farm to table Chinese cuisine served in a chic setting blending the traditional and modern.
I must say what we ordered for the most part was very very good. I highly recommend the steam buns. They are absolutely delicious. The order comes with three , in-house , smallish buns packed with delicious mushrooms and caramelized onions along with a scallion verde. In my opinion they are very much worth the 7 dollar order.
I also recommend the lamb potstickers. The potstickers have an incredible taste of minced lamb and in my view were the hit of the night. The potstickers come with an incredible sauce of pea and mint puree. So good I wanted to order more however the tab was quickly adding up.
Absolute miss of the night, the seared albacore tuna. On the menu it is listed under "Small" and they sure aren't kidding. For $14.00 you get about five medallion sized pieces of tuna. Cooked nicely however totally forgettable and for the price, in my view, a rip off.
Another miss, the Vegetable Spring Roll. For $9.00 a very small portion and absolutely nothing special about it whatsoever.
Enjoyed the Yellow Curry and for the $15.00 price tag it was a reasonable portion with more than enough rice. A nicely done curry with just the right amount of heat. Very enjoyable.
I realize these are tapas and you shouldn't expect a huge amount of food but for what you are paying, for example the tune, they could at least offer a little more on the plate.
The Ambiance of this restaurant is a real miss. Not fancy in any way, it sort of reminded me of a fancier sort of cafeteria. A plain jane set up and not impressive in the least although it does face right onto the fast flowing milk chocolate waters of the Fraser River.
Service was solid. Not unbelievable but not really lacking either. We had our dishes delivered in a good enough time and re-fills of more drinks were offered on a couple of occasions.
The tab for the food and two beer came out to be almost $80.00 including tip. Some of the items in my view are totally over priced like the spring rolls however these things were over shadowed by the taste of the mushroom steam buns and some of the best pot stickers I have ever had. I just wish you got a little more for your money.
I will be back for the above mentioned items in the future but with less of an appetite as I now know what to expect.
I've now been to Wild Rice four times. The first time I went was just a couple of months after they opened. I had a dish that is no longer on the menu; a kind of salad affair, that was OK tasting, but quite small on the portion size.
The second time I went I had the lamb potstickers, which were a disappointment. They seemed to me to be made out of the cheapest cuts of lamb and tasted gamey and somewhat bitter, or sour. Also, the portion was very small for the price.
The third time I went, I had the steamed veg side dish (was not overly hungry), which is so far my favourite dish in terms of flavour and portion size; however, it had only two types of veg in it, and both were green. So, while it tasted good, it was boring. I think it would be a really good idea to spiff it up a bit with a total of four or five, rather than just two, types of veg, and at least one other colour than green. Perhaps carrots and thin sliced beets.
The last time I went I had the green curry. It was very tasty, but I thought the portion was too small for the price.
Every time I went, I was outside on the patio, which I really like. It is comfortable, and very pleasant to watch the river flow and the people meander.
Service was consistent for all four visits, which is to say that it was rather slow, not very friendly, and not particularily interested in whether or not I enjoyed myself.
And I think the prices are consistently too high for what you receive, so low marks for value.
I've eaten here about a dozen times including taking one of their cooking courses (which I highly recommend by the way!). This place may be a bit much for New West to swallow. Great tasting, high quality, slightly edgy food. I'm always left with a good taste in my mouth both literally and figuratively. An open kitchen, great smells, super friendly staff. To top it off, the ingredients are sourced responsibly. Eat here if you like good food. This is the real thing!
I'd tilt the scale towards "very enjoyable" w/taste outweighing cost consideration. Currently, an excellent display of socially aware photography to look at (we bought the book!). Service good, albeit sometimes "scattered". Live music would work well in the size of venue.
The prices weren't out of line, if one either budgets or has a good line of credit.
The staff was unfriendly from the get go. The wonton soup broth was like you dumped in a whole bottle of soy sauce -- it was dark brown and extremely salty - couldn't eat it -- had to send it back. I had also ordered the salmon cake appetizer which is very over priced -- it too was too salty. So when asked if i wanted to order something to replace the soup I declined. Thought this place was health conscious. They don't know that excessive sodium is unhealthy!!! VERY overpriced and NOT worth it.
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