Ricesticks: Atlanta (CLOSED)

posted on September 26, 2005 at 8:26 pm

I went to Ricesticks the other day for dinner since everyone on the Atlanta Cuisine forum spoke so highly of it. The owner, Kevin Tran, seems to be a super nice guy with sincere passion for cooking. My sister and I ordered 5 dishes he’d recommended in a post on the forum. They were the: Fried spring rolls, Beef wrapped in shiso leaves, eggplant, Shaking Beef, and Pork in a Clay Pot. The beef in shiso leaf popped in my mouth and I was surprised how good the shiso tasted when cooked. The texture of the eggplant was perfect. It just melted in my mouth. The dish was kind of bland though. It just wasn’t seasoned enough. The Shaking Beef is my favorite dish to eat at any Vietnamese restaurant. It is supposed to be tangy and the beef should be a bit caramelized and juicy. Ricesticks’ version was just so-so. It was under-seasoned and we didn’t finish it. The clay pot was delicious though. The coconut-based broth and tender pieces of caramelized pork were a real treat and highlight to an otherwise average dinner. My sister asked me what I thought at the end of the meal and I searched for something nice to say. I really wanted to like it because the owner/chef seems to work very hard. I just wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be. I guess I got spoiled when living around the corner from the Slanted Door in San Francisco. I will go back though. Maybe it was just an off night and they have a new fall menu coming soon.
Address: 5920 Roswell Road, Suite B-113
Phone: (404) 252-6337
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm;
Sun 5:30pm-8:30pm
Cuisine: Vietnamese

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