Don’t look now but apparently Edmonton is embracing forward thinking and becoming “trendy” these days. Grain of Rice, a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, is the latest to incorporate a no tipping policy to their menu (the other being Cafe Linnea).
Grain of Rice is located waaaaaaaaaay west. I didn’t even realize there was stuff this far west and I’m a west ender. The space is bright and modern but with a casual, laid back vibe to it. It’s kind of like a hybrid restaurant/fast food place.
The menu is simple; a couple of appetizers, entrees and a few specials up on their chalk board above the kitchen.
Drinks include fresh juice and some specialties.
If you’re one for food challenges, they’re starting up a Wonton Challenge.
The amount of wontons required to win (at life) is TBD. 30 wontons in 1 minute.
Alberta beef knuckle bones, torched onions, coriander, cinnamon, star anise and house spices. Apparently, their broth is simmered for over 10 hours. I had a sip of the broth and it was very clean tasting. Ol was pretty happy with her bowl. Oddly enough, they bring you the tiniest portion of bean sprouts, with no basil in sight to add to your pho.
The OG bowl ($15.00)
Tobiko, scallops, gai lan and fried rice. This was actually well done; flavourful without being greasy and the rice had a nice wok hei to it. The scallops were pretty dinky along with the baby sized portions of gai lan. I wish we had come with more people so that we could have shared this dish rather than having to eat it myself. Kind of boring to eat just one dish but I get the concept Grain of Rice is aiming for.
Nice to see a few more restaurants opening up in the burbs. I’m curious to see how they’ll fare. For me, tough to judge after one visit but it seems they’re catering more to the non-Asian clientele.
Grain of Rice
1312 Webber Greens Drive