Thanks to George Ward of Dancing Moon in Raleigh for recommending this terrific restaurant. With many GF and vegetarian options, all prepared preservative and MSG-free, it is a Raleigh treasure!
Where: Spring Rolls Restaurant, North Hills Mall, 4361 Lassiter at North Hills, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27609
GF Menu: No. However, when I asked the sister-and-brother team, Susan and Eddie Tu, about a GF menu, they responded that they can modify most dishes. Eddie explained, “We cook [GF meals] in separate woks. We have 10 woks total and 3 are designated for vegetarians and gluten-free. In our many years of experience we are very familiar with the sensitivity of our customers’ dietary concerns and it helps us to always be prepared. Regarding our brown rice: it is real wheat rice, so it is not gluten-free.”
What I ate: Egg Drop Soup, Siagon Spring Rolls, Eggplant in Garlic Sauce, and Mongolian Beef with white rice from the Lunch Menu.
How to order it: Mention to the server that you are dining Gluten-Free. Ask which items on the menu can be modified with a GF sauce.
What it looks like:
This undeniably fresh egg drop soup was savory, not salty. The soup contained the texture of just-broken eggs, sweet corn kernels, and scallions.
Saigon Spring Rolls (wrapped shrimp, sprouts, vermicelli rice noodles, and mint) came with a warm peanut dipping sauce. These rolls had just been assembled. The rice paper was still slightly warm while the lettuce remained crisp and cold.
Isn’t this deep amethyst Asian eggplant gorgeous? Each bite combined exquisite texture and flavor. The garlic sauce elixir was light, and did not overpower the natural taste of the fresh vegetables.
I relished tender beef, stir-fried with crunchy onions, scallions, red chilies, and chopped garlic on a bed of warm white rice. This dish was bursting with bold flavor, and spicy, but not firecracker hot. Dishes can be prepared to your preference.
Green Note: Spring Rolls is an independently-owned, local business. The following is taken from their “About Us” page:
Spring Rolls formed by brother and sister team Eddie Tu and Susan Tu, exemplify what true dining experience should be. Their passion for quality food made with fresh ingredients at value prices, while providing an exceptional dining experience is reflected upon their restaurants quality dishes along with their friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The prices are fresh, too. The current lunch combos include rice and your choice of soup or salad and are all less than $10.