You might remember a few of their staples – friendly and attentive service, an easy vibe, and authentic Cantonese flavours. All still here, and then some. There’s now an open plan kitchen dishing out farm-to-table dishes that pay homage to head chefs Nelson Cheng and Roy Chan’s homeland.
The soft shell crab with mung bean noodle hotpot or slow braised Chu Hou beef cheek with kohlrabi, baby carrot and corn are must-trys, as are the handmade cheong fun (rice) noodles made on a machine sourced from China.
It’s less downtown than before, think industrialised Old Canton with polished concrete, aged timbers and Chinoiserie wall paper giving a warm contemporary rawness. An obvious choice for dates, client meetings and local Chinese dining, you’ll appreciate the details injected by interior design collaborators Rita Cheung, Roy Chan and Morris Selvatico, from family photos hanging on the walls to traditional tea crockery.
Did we mention the drinks are outstanding? Drink Tsingtao beer served from a rice bowl, their signature cocktail – a Julian Serner created classic, or The Rice Den’s home lager brews fashioned at The Rocks Brewery.
The Rice Den
30-32 Chandos Street, St Leonards 2065
02 9411 2001