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5.9 /6 Wonderful 42 Reviews

Rice Republic

Streatham Chinese ££ +100
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About Rice Republic

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?

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 23:00
Rice Republic, 161 Streatham High Road, SW16 6EG London

Further Information

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.


42 Reviews

5.9 /6 Wonderful 42 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: mute
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 12:07

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!

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 17:06

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

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 21:30

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.

1 review so far 6
25.02.2017 09:05

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

1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 15:19

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!

3 reviews so far 6
21.10.2015 11:51

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.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2016 09:18

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!!

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 21:03

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.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2015 12:58

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!

3 reviews so far 6
24.10.2016 11:34

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.

1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 10:35

Rice Republic served lovely food and is a great place to find some dim sum in Streatham. Staff are very friendly and welcoming too! Would definitely go again and recommend to others.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:00

Our favourite Chinese restaurant in the area. Food is great and well presented. Decor is fun with big hand drawn map of China on wall. We brought our baby boy for early dinner and staff couldn't have been more helpful.

3 reviews so far 6
31.10.2016 10:37

Amazing authentic Chinese food, in a stylish little restaurant. Really friendly staff, and very well priced too. Have already been 4 or 5 times, and every time the food and service has been great!

3 reviews so far 6
05.06.2016 10:19

As usual the food was great and there was little waiting time, the service was courteous and nice and the mood was great for all of us to enjoy a nice dinner.

1 review so far 6
04.08.2016 23:38

Great food, great atmosphere friendly service. A good start to a Friday night out. We are working our way through the menu this was my fourth visit have not been disappointing yet.

1 review so far 6
04.10.2016 18:32

A million miles away from your average Chinese restaurant, Superb food, great service and reasonably priced. Quite limited choice of dishes but that probably ensures it doesn't become run of the mill.

1 review so far 6
03.12.2016 18:08

Our meal was perfect and we will definitely return to this restaurant. The food was well presented and delicious, and the staff members looking after us were incredibly friendly and polite.

1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 12:43

Great food, ambience and service. Been to the restaurant on numerous occassions and each time was great. Highly recommend this restaurant. Special recongnition goes to the attentive and frinedly staff.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2016 10:39

lovely, quiet, little restaurant, staff very friendly and happy to help .loved the food which was alot to finish so took a doggy bag .quality food at a great price good job guy's ,lorna De-pradines.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2016 01:39

Great place, cosy with trendy interior. Very nice staff, excellent customer service. Food was lovely too, fresh, looked and tasted great, did not have to wait long. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 08:29

Amazing tasty fresh food with great and polite service. Can highly recommend. We came from Battersea and we will happily do that again a sit was worth it.

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 15:28

Seriously the best Chinese in South London! Simple & fantastic menu with the best fresh ingredients all cooked on order . Great value & cool restaurant as well

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 03:42

Tasty food in convivial surroundings. Excellent service with great attention to detail. Reasonably priced for the quality of the food and the portion size. Well worth a visit.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2016 22:12

Fantastic. Went there with family today as an early Father's Day. Best chinese restaurant ever. Great service and really good food. Lucky to have it round the corner.

1 review so far 5
14.03.2016 08:50

Great food with friendly and helpful staff. Bit quiet when we first arrived (7:30) maybe some slightly louder music in the early evening would have been good until it filled up later on!

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 07:40

Totally delicious I would hugely recommend this place. Food is fresh and all made to order which is great. Service is also fantastic! Hugely recommend this place!

1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 07:42

Delicious food, friendly and efficient service. Very reasonably priced. Perfect sized portions. Been wanting to go for ages and it exceeded our expectations. Will definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
25.10.2015 08:35

Great restaurant, food is wonderful as is the service - definitely one of the best Chinese around only wish they delivered! Great wirh kids as well

1 review so far 6
15.07.2016 22:27

Excellent food and great service, the waiters were so nice!. The crispy duck pancakes were excellent. We Will definitely be returning soon to try the squid.

2 reviews so far 6
26.08.2016 08:14

Brilliant as always. Beautifully presented food and so tasty. Aircon was appreciated too as it was a hot evening! Can't wait to go back again soon.

1 review so far 6
02.10.2016 09:43

A great restaurant. Friendly staff and the food is fantastic. We will definitely be going back! I particularly enjoyed the duck pancakes and the sizzling plates

1 review so far 5
26.08.2016 11:48

Very nice food and the staff was very caring with us , I definitely recommend to everyone who wants to have a good service and I will definitely come back again

1 review so far 6
28.12.2015 11:12

Wonderful restaurant. Great food, atmosphere and service. Food is almost all home made. The house wines are excellent. Simply delicious. Will certainly be back soon.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2016 19:00

Fantastic service, lovely interior decoration and delicious food! Second time we have visited and was just as good second time round. Will be returning again.

3 reviews so far 6
02.05.2016 08:26

Great little restaurant with amazing Chinese food, good service and ambiance....will definitely go back for more. The dinner was very well presented and very tasty!

3 reviews so far 6
28.02.2016 08:53

Great food, great service, great environment! Everything was top notch and finely presented. And it wasn't that expensive. We will certainly go back for more.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 08:38

Lovely, freshly cooked and tasty food, the service was excellent, very friendly. I would recommend and am look forward to going again. Very reasonable too.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 09:49

So pleased to have found another Streatham Gem - Amazing dim sum lovely staff can wait to go back. Take their advice when you order

3 reviews so far 6
04.07.2016 12:16

The best service we've had anywhere in a long time and by far the best Chinese in Streatham. We will definitely return one day soon!

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 09:57

Amazing as usual! We are regulars and absolutely love this place. Great service and fab food. My favourite Chinese restaurant in London!

1 review so far 5
08.05.2016 18:32

The atmosphere was nice and relaxed, with the staff helpful and polite. The food was tasty, and very good value. I would definitely go again.

2 reviews so far 6
09.07.2015 22:40

Just the loveliest people running the best Chinese restaurant! I'll be back soon!