We went to Richshaw on a recommendation from a colleague.
It is a cool, asian space w/ an eclectic fusion menu along with a very cute bar/waiting area.
It's a combination of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and East Indian flavors.
The restaurant offers a Tasting menu which was $22/pp/hr . and additional $11/ per 30 minutes of service.(Tanoshimo Table) There was no rush to turn the table.
Rickshaw also offers all items a la carte as well as a very nice wine, beer and cold sake selection.
Dishes are served Family style. ..portions are large. Service was terrific! Everydish was explained to us as it came out.
We opted for the Tanoshimo Table.
On the table when we arrived were 2 large mixed green salads w/ pear, blue cheese and candied almonds tossed in a flavorful vinagrette. It was delicious!
We started with 2 appetizers, one was a pork lettuce wrap / cashews, carrots, minced pork , served w/ a red chili peanut sauce along w/ an Asian Sea Cake which was a combination of salmon, crab and a whitefish fried into a patty served w/ a saffron aioli.
Our lovely Server then brought us a soup tureen which was put on a hot plate in the center of our table. It wasnt hot when it was brought out...though did heat up as it sat. The soup was flavorful mushroom beef broth. it had a hint of ginger and green onion. It was perfect on a chilly evening in Ruidoso.
On to the main courses...we shared a Chicken Pad Thai, rice noodles w/ beansprouts, scallions, tofu, peanuts in a very light sauce. A GInger marinated flatiron steak served w/ a spicy dry sauteed green bean, Curried shrimp served over basmati rice, Korean bulgogi served w/ crisp greens , Indian Spiced BBQ ribs which were fork tender served over a bed of Gobi mashi and an order of sweet and sour spicy wings.
To end our feast we were presented a beautiful plate of tempura battered bananas accompanied with a vietnamese spiced cinammon ice cream and a green tea ice cream.
Food was plentiful and flavors were distinct. Dinner was an adventure. We were not disappointed.
Service was terrific!
We were impressed to find out our chef was only 20 yrs old w/ a real passion and love for his craft.
Richshaw is a must if your in Ruidoso and want to take a culinary adventure.
I hope to return again....