Every year for as long as I can remember we have been going to River Rock for our annual Christmas dinner. By the 3rd year I was getting tired of the lack of variety they offer there. However, being that I missed it last year, I had this new sense of wonder about what would be offered despite the fact that I could probably tell you exactly what’s there every year.
They usually have 3 soup selections. They don’t always grab my attention but this year they had the most amazing lemongrass tom yum soup with seafood and I couldn’t stop drinking it. I swear I was full from all the soup I was drinking as opposed to the food itself. They also have a pretty stocked up salad bar with a variety of greens and salads to choose from.
When you’re ready for something a little more hearty, they have a meat carving station with turkey, roast beef, and steak. If you’re a seafood enthusiast like myself, there’s a bunch of shellfish to choose from that’s served either hot or cold. You need to be careful with the ones served cold though because they might be “sandy” still. They used to have king crab but now they have dungenous instead.
To the side they have a sushi bar with some of the most popular rolls including dynamite roll, yam tempura roll, california roll and BC roll. They have sashimi as well if that’s more to your liking. I wouldn’t say that either of them are the greatest of qualities because the fish is tasteless and slimy, the rice is hard and the rolls aren’t rolled tightly.
Last but not least is the dessert bar. A few years ago they had a chocolate fountain but they’ve gotten rid of it for a few years now. At that time they actually had fresh fruit there but now they only serve defrosted ones which end up being watery and mushy. Their dessert selection has dramatically decreased in size as well because they just put bigger platters of the same things instead of smaller ones with more variety. The favorite of the night was the pistachio panna cotta. We wish that we could say more about the desserts but that’s the only one that stood out for us and the rest were mediocre at best.