THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rice Sticks
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Rice Sticks Restaurant Review: Kevin Tran's elegantly designed establishment has just the right contemporary, but warm, touch. Small halogen lights suspended from the ceiling illuminate tables. The blend of Vietnamese food with the Chinese and French influences that have shaped it over time strikes a nice balance of textures, seasoning and taste, although some dishes, true to authenticity, can be very oily. Oily or not, the oven-roasted Chinese eggplant (ca tim nuong) is a delight. Split open, perfumed with garlic and ginger, the pair of Japanese eggplants could make a tasty vegetarian main dish. Good, too, is the unagi roll, filled with rice, bits of fresh cucumber and barbecued eel. The shaking beef (bo luc lac), the house signature dish, is perhaps the best selection on the menu. Cooked-to-order beef comes atop a fresh green salad. Lime is provided to season the dish, along with a light dressing. Sesame-crusted salmon, again heavy with oil, may be cooked beyond the ideal point, despite a medium rare request. This wine list should be a lot more interesting, and take the food into account. The Château de Montfort Vouvray is the best option.