We’ve been hearing a lot about this restaurant called Rice that opened recently in the avenues and we decided to give it a try.
The place is a unique in the sense that there is nothing like it else where, atleast none that I know of. It specializes in nothing else but.. yep you guessed it.. Rice! Almost all the dishes consist of rice. The menu was embroidered with rice, the chandeliers looked like rice grains.. and so on.
The menu had all those different rice dishes, some Kuwaiti and some aren’t Kuwaiti dishes. Like for example it had Mrabyan, Lamb with okra stew (Marag Bamya), Baryany.. and there was the non Kuwaiti dishes like the risotto, kosa ma7shiya (rice stuff zuchini in light gravy) and Fish sayadiya.. You get the idea.. it has rice dishes from all over.
We ordered 4 main dishes, Marag bamya (okra), stuffed zucchini with risotto on the side, Mrabyan, and my dish, the Shimp masala.
^Each main dish comes in a set menu with a side salad, rice of your choice, a drink, and then tea and desserts.
The Shrimp masala was recommended by my friend and I was very glad that I ordered it, it was beyond great, I loved it. The shrimp i think were grilled then a thick creamy and spicy yellow sauce was added on top of it. It was amazing.
The Stuffed zucchini with a side of risotto was a hit too, my friend liked it a lot, I tried the risotto and it was nice, too much parmesan on top, but very nice nevertheless. The stuffed zucchini was served in a bowl in a gravy.. The gravy tasted very familiar, it tasted like Harees soup. Good choice.
Now, the lamb and okra stew and the Mrabyan. They weren’t special at all. The okra stew was very light, the stew didn’t taste like it was made with okra (Okra adds a lot of personality to a stew when cooked correctly and left to simmer for awhile). Basically it tasted like something microwavable you’d find in the frozen food section. The Mrabyan wasn’t that great either. The shrimps were tiny, and the whole dish was mediocre. I think if you’re a Kuwaiti, or even a gulfie for that matter, you should stick to ordering something that isn’t on our daily menus at home.. I think foreigners would feel very differently if they tried them though.
All in all, I think it’s a very good restaurant. I think this place got great potential. Very good food and the presentation is amazing with every main dish served in a separate tray. And the prices are reasonable in my opinion, we were 4 and paid KD41.
It’s located in the Avenues mall phase II near Wasabi and The butcher shop.