Mall rice goes nice … well actually, it’s just OK

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Rice Workshop, Highpoint. Phone: 9318 8368

Highpoint, two days before Christmas?

Clearly, I am out of my mind.

But I don’t feel like driving to Carlton or getting the train to the CBD.

I want to get a couple a couple of Stephen King books for Bennie, and a few bits and pieces for other folks and other reasons.

Where else am I to go?

Bookshops, western suburbs – not the strongest of relationships.

I am delighted and surprised to find the crowds light-on and chilled-out – hey, this is way better than your average Saturday in here!

After securing my books – including a prime piece of holiday season escapist trash for myself – I start hankering for lunch, and wondering if there is anything around acceptable in the same way this place and this place are.

Putting the word “workshop” in a franchise outfit’s name is a wheeze, of course, designed to suggest there’s something going on beyond shopping centre food.

That’s not the case … but you can eat well here, based on the yumminess of my chicken katsu curry bowl.

 

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I’m very glad I’ve ordered the regular size for $7.90 rather than the large for $9.40, as it’s a big serve that I fail to fully consume.

There’s a generous number of well-cooked, crunchy chicken pieces.

The smooth Japanese-style curry gravy is mildly spiced and has a few chunks of carrot in it.

The whole deal is topped by some crunchy pickled ginger.

Not bad!

As well as the made-to-order range of rice, noodle and salad dishes, the display cabinet at front hosts a number of fried and grilled items.

On the basis of …

 

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… a dismal tempura prawn and …

 

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… a bitter-tasting seaweed salad, CTS recommends sticking with the bowled line-up.

That way you’ll avoid the typical shopping centre plastic overkill as well!

Check out the Rice Workshop website – including menu – here.

 

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4 thoughts on “Mall rice goes nice … well actually, it’s just OK

  1. Merry Christmas Kenny & Bennie – thanks for sharing so many of your fantastic finds during the year ๐Ÿ™‚ I work near Highpoint so have been stopping there on occasion for lunch and wondered if it was worth giving Rice Workshop a go, I might try it at some stage next year.

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  2. Merry Xmas Kenny ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t know if the Highpoint outlet offers the same thing, but at the Rice Workshop in Emporium shopping centre in the city you can get a soft-serve cone of yum black sesame ice cream for $2. Bargain!

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    • When it first opened a soft serve cone came free with main meal if you kept receipt. I think that promo has finished, but the machine is still there.

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