- Posted by Johanna on February 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm
- Category: Recipes and Food
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!