Rice Baby has taken the place of the unlamented Soobydoo in Hay Street, Subiaco and because the identify suggests specialises in Asian fare – an eclectic mixture of primarily Chinese and Malay. The giant open eating room is pleasantly adorned and an outside space at entrance permits for al fresco eating.
Dropping in for lunch through the week we have been greeted by charming and pleasant waiters and settled down to take a look at the menu – the lunch decisions are largely dumplings with a number of starters – squid tentacles, prawn toast – whereas the night menu features a few bigger dishes. They have been glad for us to decide on one thing from each – so we started with a few serves of dumplings after which moved on to prawn and pineapple curry.
The first of the dumplings – pan fried prawn and vegetable have been shiny and crisped, the prawns juicy and crunchy – and the dumpling colored by the inclusion of purple carrots. With a mildly spiced dipping sauce they have been a pleasing starting.
Next steamed chive dumplings – gelatinous and sticky, with once more well-cooked prawns and chives – once more these handed muster.
The curry was one thing else once more – a big bowl with a great variety of plump, juicy, candy fleshed prawns cooked with their tails in a spicy bitter Assam type broth – pink chilli and capsicum items in addition to sliced pineapple offered the vegetable element. The spice degree was good, good and zesty and to make sure that we requested for sliced chilli on the side- however it was effective with out the additional though they didn’t go astray. This was an excellent curry, certainly; the mix of spice and sourness was spot on from our perspective.
Licenced with a reasonably good vary of WA and different wines – we opted for a bottle of Calneggia Family Rosé from Margaret River – made by the saignée technique it’s a mix of Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot and Shiraz it’s a blushing salmon pink; strawberries and spice on the nostril, and a crisp, dry palate of pomegranate and raspberries. Perfectly companioned to the spicy curry.
We loved our lunchtime meal at Rice Baby and an inexpensive crowd had constructed up by the point we left, so it seems as if they’ve struck a chord among the many locals. The prawn curry was a spotlight and with welcoming and useful waiters, good drink choice, it’s nicely value a drop in.