Opened in late 2016, Rice Baby in Subiaco is a really good neighbourhood restaurant and a great place to go for dinner before visiting the Regal Theatre.
My friends and I were heading to the Regal to see Juke Box Revolution on a Friday night and Rice Baby, which is just across Hay Street from the theatre, was ideal.
The well-known and very good Oriel Café used to operate on this site, as did the not-so-well-known and not very good Subi Doo.
Rice Baby serves modern Asian cuisine from a large, bright, almost industrial space filled with light-coloured wood and lots of greenery.
The menu is large and very comprehensive with lots of dumplings, pan-fried or steamed, to choose from. This is not surprising as it is a sister restaurant of Miss Chow’s at Claremont and Whitfords.
Our group decided on a starter of steamed Prawn and vegetable dumplings (5 pieces $9) and share plates of Bang-bang chicken ($26), Roast Lovers board ($29) and Tamarind sambal prawns ($35).
The steamed dumplings with sauce were excellent as was the spicy Bang, Bang chicken. The sambal prawns which had been fried with lemongrass, kaffir lime, tamarind and sambal, were also very good. While not as good as the other two dishes, the Roast lovers board that had cold roast duck, roast pork and honey glazed char siew was tasty.
We also shared a bottle of white wine while one of our group enjoyed a glass of pinot noir and the cocktail of the month – Lychee.
And we were all pleasantly surprised when we got the bill. With our Entertainment card discount – we enjoyed very good food, washed down with nice wine for around $27 each. We were seated close to the open kitchen and enjoyed watching the hard-working chefs preparing our food. The wait staff were also excellent – friendly, knowledgeable and timely.
Ambulant restrooms are available. Parking is off Rokeby road, however we took the train from the northern suburbs to Perth Underground then caught the Fremantle train from Perth Station. Very easy and early on a Friday night, not busy.
Rice Baby is definitely worth a visit and in our case it will be a return visit!
Address: 483 Hay Street, Subiaco
Phone: 08 6150 7691
Opening hours: Tues,Wed,Thurs: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm
Friday:11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm. Sat: 5pm-10pm. Sun and Mon closed.
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: Yes – 25% of the total bill up to $40.
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