Review: Sandra Rice & NoodlesAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
Sandra Rice and Noodles
10625 Pendleton Pike
Indianapolis, Indiana 46236
Motivated by the Indy Star article by Jolene Ketzenberger, I had to make the trip out to the east side and give this a try. Indianapolis Restaurant Scene did a review on this place this past week (we’ve been sitting on this post for a month), so I felt it was time for me to chime in with my thoughts as well.
I had an early Saturday afternoon lunch with my wife, mother-in-law and mini-wibia, the Saturday after the article dropped on Wednesday. The owners are brother and sister, so it is a two person shop. We were quickly greeted and sat, but service started slow. We were placing our order and they were consistently out of the items that we wanted to order. When I say consistently, I mean 75% of the things that I wanted. I pointed at the appetizer page and asked, “so…what exactly do you have on this page?” Hence:
Chicken Satay w/ peanut sauce: $6.25
Spring Rolls: $3.95
Tom Yam Soup: $3.95
It took about 10-14 minutes for the apps to come out. Keep in mind, the chicken satay is the only thing that needs to be prepared when ordered. However, the food was good, really good. I enjoyed the peanut sauce with the chicken satay, the spring rolls were really fresh and the Tom Yam Soup was probably the best version that I have had. Again, really good.
For the entrees, we ordered:
Black Pepper Pork: $7.25 caramelized sugar, clay pot.
Chicken Pho Pho Ga $5.75 Rice Noodle, bean sprouts, green onion, cilantro. (picture in the Indy Star article)
Wonton and Egg Noodle Soup $5.95 – Pork, shrimp wontons, onion, bean sprout
However, they were out of wontons, but my mother-in-law still wanted the soup.
Lunch took a while to get to our table, but again, the flavor was top shelf. My black pepper pork was served with raw carrot and cucumber. The pork was tender and didn’t disappoint, though I woudl try somethign elese on the menu if I came back.
The star of the show was my wife’s Chicken Pho Pho Ga which was served with housin/siracha and basil and you could customize the heat/sweet levels. For my taste, just add some siracha and leave the housin alone. The broth was fragrant and I just wanted to pick up the bowl and drink it. The (missing) Shrimp Wonton and Egg Soup was equally as enjoyable for the same reasons. Fresh, fragrant and a strong broth.
Would I Buy It Again? Ummm…yes. Food: 9/10, Value: 9/10, Service was a 2/10. When we left, I counted ten tables, with a ten top as well. Forty-plus customers is just way too many people for one server. One table asked for their food to go after their apps.
Also, the menu was huge but they were out of the majority of it. Plus, if they want to keep the two person format, they really need to manage that through the menu. My next visit will be the deciding one. If they iron out the above, they will have something special. However, I can’t handle many eighty minute lunches with a nine month old. It is as simple as that.