After coming from a late afternoon movie session, we were wandering down The Parade and stumbled across Rain. While looking at the menu from outside the bistro, the first thing that caught our eye was the extensive selection of items that were on offer. Calling themselves an Asian bistro meant they had a lot of the popular Asian dishes covered.
The staff here were warm and inviting from the moment we walked into the door. The decor here was sleek, stylish and funky. The use of the brown colour palette really worked well and I loved the groovy light fittings they had hanging over the bar. The place was a lot larger than what it appeared from the outside, and unusually, the kitchen was located upstairs.
Tonight, we ordered the Entree Tasting Platter and for mains, I ordered the Pad Thai. The entree came out within 15 minutes of ordering, and the mains came out 10 minutes after we had finished our entrees.
SPRING ROLLS – It was a decent sized spring roll that was fried to a perfect golden brown. The vegetable filling was soft and moist, and the sweet and sour sauce complimented it well.
SATAY CHICKEN – The chicken was well marinated and slightly overcooked. Lean chicken breast pieces were used which was good. The satay peanut sauce had a nice thick consistency and it complimented the chicken well.
DEEP FRIED WANTONS – This was just prawns in wanton skin that was deep fried. The wanton skin was nice and crunchy, but really nothing special.
STEAMED DUMPLINGS – The dumplings were well cooked. The pork and cabbage filling was moist. The soy sauce added more balance to what otherwise would have been a bland dumpling.
CURRY PUFFS – The pastry was nice and flaky. The chicken and vegetable filling was soft and delicate. There were subtle hints of curry flavour from the chicken mince and it wasn’t too spicy.
PAD THAI – Noodles were slightly overcooked and the proportion of noodles was much greater than all the other ingredients combined. The chicken was tender and succulent, and breast meat was used. The prawns were well cooked, but they were a bit smaller than what I get at other places. There was definitely a lack of vegetables, particularly the bean sprouts, although the vegetables were fresh. I didn’t see any peanuts in my dish either, so there was a lack of crunchy texture. The dish has a nice reddish colour to it, which is just the way I like it.
The service here was pretty good. The waitresses were alert and attentive. They would come over straight away with just a single glance. The plates were cleared as soon as the meals were finished. The atmosphere was cosy and relaxed, and the pricing was on par with other Asian eateries in the area. I wanted to give this place a better rating, but my Pad Thai was a bit of a let down.
WHERE: 125 The Parade, Norwood