Until recently, the Rice Den was a popular, pocket-sized eatery in Chatswood, livening up an area that was once a dining wasteland. But the venue closed to make way for a more sophisticated incarnation. Located in St Leonards, the new restaurant serves modern, inventive Cantonese cuisine in a contemporary setting designed by Morris Selvatico.

The Rice Den focuses on farm-to-table ingredients, with menu highlights including rice wine cured ocean trout, tea smoked chicken salad, canton style bbq pork neck, crispy soft shell crab and roast duck breast. Dishes are designed to match the Rice Den’s home-brewed Rice Den lager and unique Canton-inspired cocktails. For dessert, try ovaltine pannacotta with whisky glazed roasted chestnuts and orange puree or their inventive French toast with dolce de leche, peanut crumble and matcha green tea mascarpone.

On your way out, stop by their Cantonese deli to pick up one of their housemade sauces, condiments or loose leaf teas.

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Updated: June 29th, 2016

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