In my ventures to bring Miami’s ethnicity to limelight, I have had the fortune, through word of mouth and senses, to have dining escapades that at the least would warrant a second visit to try a different dish or time of day. Folks of Miami, a distant moon has aligned to assuage our palate and bring us continued luck. The Rice Asian House and Sushi Bar is the reason. Once again, probing the Northern sector of the Beach. I was looking for a light lunch to infuse energy to my body from a long night. I saw four ladies speaking Russian and giggling over sushi at an outside table. I decided that fresh sushi may do the trick. The inside of Rice instantly gave off a vibe of comfort and tranquility, as Thai and Indonesian art gave the mind an easy transport to South East Asia. I Moored myself at the sushi bar, where my bright and jovial, Thai waitress made me feel at home. A look through a well constructed Thai-Indo lunch menu and sushi menu invoked a selection of Fire scallop roll and Garlic duck. While joking with sushi chefs and enjoying the light jazz and a glass of Ichiban, my Miso soup arrived. The broth was well seasoned. The kelp and tofu added texture and wellness. Miso soup usually tends to be bland, this soup was on another plane and set my taste buds to expect flavor. Ushered in stealthily, with a smile, came the Fire scallop roll. The color and layers showed a clear attention to detail and the first bite trumped all of the sushi from Lincoln road. The scallop tasted of the sea, the avocado offered freshness, while the tempura flakes added crunch. The spicy mayo offered a slightly more than mild heat and additional flavor. The black and orange Masago pressed into the rice created eye appeal. Before finishing the scallop roll the Garlic duck arrived. Actually, the soup and roll was enough for a light lunch, this duck was a bonus. The garlic sauce included mushrooms sautéed in rice wine and soy. The duck was served atop a portion of jasmine rice along with steamed carrots, cabbage and zucchini. The plate was garnished with an angel hair of carrot and two colored radish. The portions were larger than expected for lunch and the remainder of the duck became my dinner later in the night. Being single, this would be my choice to gaze into my Lover’s eye and continue to order bites of sushi and share various degrees of heat in Thai-Indo fare. To date, this is the best combination of taste and atmosphere. The Rice Asian House introduces a wide range of Asian beers and rice wines, along with domestic and other International wines. All items for lunch and dinner are $30 or less. Sushi platters for large groups can run higher. This restaurant awards bang for your buck. Is it time to see Kuantan. The Rice Asian House and Sushi Bar is located off of 171st Street and Collins at 17100 Collins Ave. Ste. 114-115, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160 and can be reached at (305)944-1185.