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“We visit this restaurant every time we are in Mamchester”
Review of The Rice Bowl

The Rice Bowl
Ranked #58 of 2,355 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 9 June 2012

I have visited The Rice Bowl about six times so far, and looking forward to going back. I have visited Chinese restaurants which are quite a lot more expensive, but this is my favourite.

Lovely food, presented well, in a chilled out setting. Visited at both lunch and dinner time and always been pleased with the food and service.

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Reviewed 7 June 2012

Service: Staff were all welcoming, smiley and attentive. Food was a bit slow coming out though.

Food: Unfortunately the worst thing about "The Rice Bowl" was the food. We had come on the recommendation of a friend who said it was better than our usual Yang Sing. He was wrong. Badly. We love our dim sum so that's what we focused on. There is only a limited selection. We tried the following....

The salmon & basil spring roll had perfectly cooked salmon but lacked basil. It did have some unadvertised leek which was mushy and not so nice.

The chicken/shitake mushroom pastry was a bland chopped up mix on a hard short crust base.

The sizuan snow crab meat and prawn ball was a waste of crab. All we could taste was chilli and pepper.

They need to rethink the dim sum menu.

Atmosphere: we went early Saturday afternoon when our usual place is buzzing with Chinese and Westerners alike. The "bowl" was almost empty. The decor is full of chinese cliches but it's nicely done and quite soothing. The lighting of the basement setting is on the right side of moody.

Value: On the expensive side for Manchester's chinese restaurants. Will stick to the Yang Sing for value, taste, menu and atmosphere.

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Reviewed 1 June 2012 via mobile

Great food, service and atmosphere. We've never had a bad meal here and it is out favourite Chinese.

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Thank Lou3303
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

After reading the reviews I decided to visit and see what all the fuss was about. We visited on Saturday around 5.30pm and opted for the set menu at £9.95 which included a starter, main course, and rice.
The service was great and the food was amazing, some of the best Chinese food I've had and I have been to many restaurants in Manchester. The ala carte menu also looked quite reasonable too.
The decor is very nice and the staff are very attentive. The general atmosphere in the restaurant is very good. The value of the set menu is brilliant. Even at 6pm, the restaurant was full with people waiting for a table. I would highly recommend this and I will be visiting again very soon.

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

good early evening menu- just right for catching up with friends.

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