Sunday, December 20, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #361: Rice Bar (Downtown LA)
Restaurant: Rice Bar
Location: 419 W. 7th St. (Downtown)
Type of restaurant: Filipino
We stipulated: We've been dying to try Rice Bowl for a long time. Filipino favorites like longganisa, but in a bowl with heirloom rice? IN.
They stipulated: No reservations. See the rules above. "Ricebar is a Filipino restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We feature non-GMO, fair-trade grains, imported from various islands in the Philippines. It is our vehicle to highlight our vibrant yet humble cuisine. It evokes a sense of comfort, happiness, and a whole lot of soul. For these very reasons, we built RICEBAR."
What we ordered:
PORK LONGGANISA (House Made Sweet & Spicy Sausage with Pickled Vegetables & Garlic Crumbs, with Garlic Fried rice: 8.75); CHICKEN TINOLA (Free-Range Chicken Simmered in Aromatic Ginger Broth, Green Papaya, Chili Leaves, with Tinowan Fancy rice: 8.75); BISTEG TAGALOG (Soy Marinated Black Angus Beef Sirloin, Pan Seared, with Red Onions & Calamansi, with Kalinga Unoy rice: 9.75)
High point: The chicken broth had a nice ginger flavor, but the real winner was the Bisteg Tagalog -- and I'm not usually a beef person.
Low point: I love longganisa -- when it's spicy. This longganisa was more sweet than spicy, and I didn't get the kick I was looking for.
Overall impression: It's a tight space, but your food will come up fast -- and you'll usually figure out how and where to eat. Rice Bar's hours are limited, so plan your trip.
Will we return: Absolutely!