Wild Rice: New Sushi & Pan Asian Restaurant in Midlothian Has Amazing Presentation

My parents and I tried the new restaurant Wild Rice at 12020 Southshore Pointe Drive in Midlothian, Virginia last night. (No website, but their phone number is 804-639-3388 if you need more information.)

(A note on history: It’s in the same place as Tenjinmura used to be, which closed without warning. Which is a shame, because I really loved their Rainbow Salad, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else. It was a mix of seaweed salad, avocado, tuna, salmon, and yellowtail in a spicy sauce, and we adored it. Tenjinmura did sushi and hibachi; Wild Rice has taken out the hibachi tables and put in a bar instead, although they don’t yet have their liquor license.)

In addition to sushi, to go with the “Pan Asian Cuisine” subtitle in their name, they offer five kinds of dumplings; your choice of meats in fried rice, lo mein, chow fun, or pad thai; and a selection of Chinese dishes (sesame chicken, various meats with broccoli or black bean sauce, general tso’s chicken, lemongrass shrimp, mandarin beef, etc.). Which we appreciated, because while Mom & I enjoy sharing sushi, Dad prefers cooked food. His shrimp fried rice ($9) was tasty, although the rice was less sticky than I expected — it was difficult to pick up with chopsticks. In this area, a Richmond suburb, I suspect many customers will want forks anyway.

Mom got a Salmon Lover roll ($12), which was delicious. It was an inside-out roll with spicy salmon and asparagus inside and topped with more salmon, avocado, and salmon roe. The different textures made for terrific contrast. I tried the sashimi for me platter ($16 — they offer sushi and sashimi entrees in two sizes, “for me” and “for us”, double-sized). This is what I got:

16 pieces of fish — salmon, yellowtail, mackrel, a couple I didn’t recognize, and in the glass, tuna, plus lemon slices, cucumber, carrot gratings, orange slice, and strawberries for garnish. I don’t know if you can tell from this picture, but under the ice in the glass was one of those fake glowing ice cubes that changes color. What a stunning presentation! It was more than enough food for dinner — I couldn’t finish it all, which is very unusual for me when it comes to sushi — and all very tasty.

I should also mention the soups. Although they come in small bowls, they’re jam-packed with ingredients. My miso had seaweed and tofu cubes in every bite, unlike the three or four pieces you get at many places. Dad’s wonton had more than one, and Mom’s veggie hot and sour was delicious. The only oddity was them not offering egg drop; instead, the fourth choice is Tom Yam, which I’m not familiar with. (It’s Thai, I believe.) We’ll definitely be returning!

14 Responses to “Wild Rice: New Sushi & Pan Asian Restaurant in Midlothian Has Amazing Presentation”

  1. James Moar Says:

    Yep, Tom Yam is a hot and sour Thai soup.

  2. Tara Tallan Says:

    Wow! But so far away. And unfortunately, I can’t even recommend that place to my friends who live in the Richmond area, because they are not adventurous enough in their food choices to go there. :-( Maybe next time we go to visit them, we can ditch ‘em for an evening and try Wild Rice out!

  3. Johanna Says:

    Any time! I’m always up for eating sushi with Richmond visitors! And thanks, James, for confirming that.

  4. Salmon Says:

    OMG. I LOVE that glass. *__*

    Sorry for the unconstructive comment mwahaha

  5. Johanna Says:

    That’s ok. It was quite a pleasant surprise when the dish arrived!

  6. Julie Lee Says:

    The food was great! We tried Wild Rice today. We tried 5 different roles. They were all delicious, well prepared. We’re happy to have a local restaraunt for great sushi!

  7. Johanna Says:

    So glad you had a good experience too! It’s good to know there’s some consistency there.

  8. Kelsey Says:

    I’ve eaten at Wild Rice a total of four times now since it opened, all in the past two weeks. I have to say I’ve had nothing but excellent experiences there. The staff is amazingly nice (though, on occasion, their accents can be a TAD difficult to understand for the untrained ear), the food is amazing and well-priced, and the atmosphere is generally very easy-going and relaxing. So far I’ve had sushi, miso soup, calamari, dim sum, and good-old traditional General Tso’s Chicken, and I haven’t been displeased with any of it. The sushi I had was especially amazing!

  9. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to going back when I’m on that side of town.

  10. Jason Says:

    Just had dinner there and tried their spicy tuna roll and peppered tuna with avacado roll. The rice was improperly prepared, the nori was not crisp, and the fish didn’t taste fresh. It tasted like day old supermarket sushi. I have worked in sushi places for many years and have spent much time in japan, this place has the worst sushi I have had. It’s similiar to a lot of other Chinese owned sushi places in the richmond area. For properly prepared sushi in the same area visit wasabi, Japanese owned and operated and very proper sushi.

  11. Ken Says:

    Mr. Jason, I am so sorry you got the bad experience in WildRice. And thank you for sharing the feeling to us. Please stop by there sometimes. Let me offer you a free meal. Please don’t be hasitate to tell me your opinion. I am Ken, owner of WildRice.
    By the way, as I know, the owner of Wasabi is also a Chinese.

  12. Lauren Says:

    Just went there today and I must say, the stir fry choices were delish :)

  13. Brooks Says:

    I read good things online about Tenjinmura and was excited about their VIP club and to find a good sushi restaurant in Midlo, so I went there looking for Tenjinmura and when I found no such restaurant my wife and I figured that we would try Wild Rice. We were very pleased with the environment, however it was a bit small and probably looked more so since where Tenjinmura had habatchi tables that area was closed.

    But overall the food and presentation was very good and I enjoyed some of the sushi chef’s specialty pieces. We just had sushi and were very happy. We are going to be coming back a lot in the future.

  14. Christine Says:

    My husband and I have been coming here since they opened. We too were frequent customers of Tenjinmura and we sad when it suddenly closed. When Wild Rice opened, we gave it a try and fell in love. Never once have we had any sushi or other entre that wasn’t simply amazing. The fish always tastes extremely fresh and their flavor combinations are unbeatable. It is sad to read about people who feel like their food was less than stellar, because ours is always amazing. A lot of people mention Wasabi, and while that place is alright, in our opinion, Wild Rice blows Wasabi out of the water. You MUST give them a try.




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