A long overdue food revolution is taking place down in Streatham. It’s called the Rice Republic, and its mission is to rescue Chinese cuisine from the vicious clutches of Formica-and-fluorescent-lighting greasy-spoons and restore it to its rightful place in the pantheon of damn good and damn good-looking food. Bravo, then, to this Streatham High Road outpost to proper Chinese made with love, the new rice bowl of southwest London. We’ve signed up, will you?
Rice Republic’s menus are their gastronomic manifestos; however, unlike many a polemic, they may be long (so long they need three separate menus to cover all their culinary aims) but never succumb to boring, empty rhetoric – every dish is a winner at Streatham’s most stylish Chinese restaurant. The original menu is the core of Rice Republic’s offering, covering starters (the fantastic Jumbo Starter is perfect for sharing, as is the stack of pancakes with crispy duck) and soups, and working its way through the food groups from veggies and seafood to meats, rice and noodles. Beautifully prepared and plated artfully, the overall vibe at Rice Republic’s Streatham High Road premises is decidedly populist, totally delicious, and not a little hip.
A separate so-called Super Sea Menu is a fantastic semi-DIY option for lovers of the briny – pick cod, prawn, squid, or soft shell crab, done salt ‘n’ pepper style, and choose from black bean, sweet and sour, or black pepper sauces. Voila. Vegetarians can go the same route, but with broccoli or tofu instead of cod and crab. Weekends see Rice Republic’s strategically positioned Streatham High Road restaurant pack out with hungry hordes in search of dim sum. Here, you can get some of the best dim sum in southwest London, our favourite being the enigmatically named Year Of Sheep platter, with a selection of chicken, pork, har gow and squid dim sum for you to indulge in. Confirming its position as a less-than-usual Chinese casual dining restaurant, Rice Republic also have a nice and long, well-annotated wine list, with old and new world vintages helping Streatham locals enthusiastically along in this new era of Chinese dining.
Great food which satisfied both a vegetarian and meat eater. Lovely atmosphere and brilliant service! Highly recommend and we can't wait to visit again soon!
Amazing food and great service, would definitely eat here again. Good variety of foods and great flavours. Good atmosphere and relaxed vibe in this small but great restuarant
One of the best Chinese food I had in London,I got a take away and it was absolutely delicious. It is fresh unlike others I tried before.The only negative is that the menu is brief,not a lot to choose from but it is excellent.Also the staff is really nice.
Great food and better service. Very nice staff that makes you want to come back. Good selection of oriental beers. The best restaurant in Streatham
Rice Republic is one of the smaller restaurants on Streatham High Rd, but it is perfectly formed and an absolute delight. The décor is unique, inviting and quite rustic, wooden crated walls and nice clean wooden tables, giving an intimate feel with quirky light bulbs hanging in a sort of mini bird cage above each table. The service is very warm, friendly and very attentive without being obtrusive. The staff are also happy and professional which can be a rare treat nowadays. As a family birthday party of 5, we ordered 4 starters, 5 mains and 2 rice, 8 soft drinks and a bottle of Merlot. The cost was £94, which is beyond reasonable for the quality and amount of food we received. Everything is served on a separate wooden platter and presentation is of a very high standard. All the food was really tasty, full of flavours and definitely made with love as it was all eaten up. During our meal, a customer entered and asked for a takeaway which was given to them all neatly packed in a large brown bag within half an hour. We will obviously come back for more, but if possible would choose to eat in, purely for the ambience, quality service and taste of a great Chinese experience. Highly recommended to pay them a visit!
Amazing little restaurant in the heart of Streatham, comfortable, quaint real feel setting with super friendly staff, we've been searching for a Chinese restaurant in London to match our experienced palette expectations and we finally found one. The food was absolutely delicious, excellent authentic menu and food which arrives beautifully presented to your table. This is a real hidden GEM and I for one shall return with open arms and appetite. my suggestion... Book now! you won't regret this dining experience.
Rice Republic is a great authentic Chinese restaurant, the food was very delicious, the service was great. We had Won Ton Soup, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Black Bean Beef and Egg Fried Rice. Very reasonibly priced! Highly recommended!!
Rice Republic is an independent restaurant with a cosy and modern interior. The food was fantastic - decent portions and very tasty! The staff were friendly and couldn't do enough for us.
I really like Rice Republic, great local Chinese. The food is excellent and it's a nice relaxing place to sit with a cosy atmosphere. Would recommend the schzechan lamb!
Really nice place to have a quiet meal, the food presentation is excellent and delicious, the staff are friendly and catering, a good selection of beer and wine to accompany the food, and a quaint minimalist styled restaurant space that is warm and inviting, all at a very reasonable price for this excellent experience.