Don’t let the name fool you, Rice & Company located inside the Luxor is way more than its name suggests. Whether it’s Pecan Shrimp, Mongolian Beef, Kung Pao Chicken, Pad Thai or sushi, Rice & Company offers a broad spectrum of Japanese and Chinese favorites.
Although Rice & Company was made famous to the foodie nation when the Food Network showcased its Fire Breathing Dragon sushi roll (it’s not on the menu, but if you ask they will make it for you), the restaurant does offer more traditional dishes for diners who aren’t interested in heat-induced high jinks. Beef Tenderloin with black pepper sauce, Peking Crispy Duck, Lobster Cantonese, and Chef’s Selection of Crispy Whole Fish are all listed as chef specialties.
But let me go ahead and narrow things down to a list of essentials that you shouldn’t leave Rice & Company without trying. My number one, Sake Sangria, is a refreshing cocktail made with Gekkeikan Sake infused with triple sec, orange juice, and seasonal fruit. For those who could live without the frou-frou, the restaurant also offers sake in four categories of the more traditional sense: hot, pure & classic, modern and specialty.
If you are a salad person, one in particular that will leave you un-satiated because it’s just that addicting, and is my number two, is the Crab Mango Cucumber Salad of fresh king crab and tobiko caviar tossed in a citrus mango dressing. Both the mango and the dressing give the dish a subtle sweetness that is perfect, especially after a couple of spicy sushi rolls. Another innovative salad that caught our attention is the restaurant’s Honey Pecan Ahi Tuna Salad.
The Hot Dang sushi roll did not live up to its name which is fine by me as I don’t like my rolls terribly spicy. Inside it’s a tuna, salmon, yellowtail and avocado with spicy tuna and a tempura crunch on the outside, and served in a Kabayaki sauce and spicy mayo.
The crunch of the Crazy Mad Dragon (number three, by the way) gives this sushi roll all the necessary elements: taste, texture and sheer pizazz. Shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber make up the inside of the roll with spicy tuna topping the outside, and a spicy mayo sauce for a bit of zip.
And although my stomach had reached full capacity, I managed to gobble up an Exotic Fruits and Berries dessert (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mango, and Japanese pearls) served in white peach sake and mint yogurt to take the number four spot on my must-have list. Healthy decadence at its finest, Hot Dang, it was good!
Rice & Company, Luxor Hotel & Casino, 702.262.4852
Hours: 5 p.m. until late