Seven Chowhounds got together for lunch today at Rice Paper, a new Vietnamese restaurant that provides a rather sleek environment compared to the normally relaxed vibe found in Eden Center.
The kitchen was firing on all cylinders - at least the ones we tested. We never got to the soup noodles or hot pot. We ordered:
Grilled shrimp and pork skewers with steamed vermicelli
Whole crispy flounder with mango salad and ginger sauce
Baby clams baked in clay pot with rice
Grilled pork chop and sweet Chinese sausage on broken rice
Garden rolls (called steam rice paper rolls on the menu)
Baby clams with pork served with rice cracker
Not sure how we wound up with TWO minced clam dishes, but both were exceptional. The clay pot with beautifully crisped rice, and the clams with pork with a slightly peppery and smoky nod - this is a dish that has drifted sweet in most places.
In addition to the clams, the shrimp was particularly delicious. The steamed vermicelli served with the skewers was a nice touch.
All the cooked dishes were impressive, with only the garden rolls being standard issue.