by Sam Alderman
Sa-Wad-Dee Thai co-owners Toffee Dullaphan and Fon Tavijaroen have branched out to create a new Asian venture: Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine in Eagle.
Executive chef Dullaphan will borrow a couple of Sa-Wad-Dee’s most popular menu items including the coconut fried rice dessert. But most of the menu will be completely new with entrees and appetizers from India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
“It’s a combination of different cultures,” Dullaphan said.
Dullaphan was inspired by her travels across Asia and decided to bring those flavors stateside.
“I thought, 'It doesn’t seem like there is a restaurant with that combination concept here,'” she said.
Menu items include fried green beans with sweet chili and siracha sauce, Korean bulgogi, duck curry, Japanese tonkatsu, tofu kim chi fried rice and tom kha coconut soup.
“We offer authentic flavor and authentic recipes with the fun and twist of contemporary presentation,” said Tavijaroen.
Rice is located at 228 E. Plaza Street, Suites Q and R in Eagle, in the former River Rock Ale House space. It's open for lunch and dinner Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Happy hour drink and appetizer discounts are available from 4-6 p.m. every day and from 10 p.m.-midnight on the weekends.