Opening Sweet Rice in Jamaica Plain is a homecoming of sorts for Pichai “Joey” Chairatthanawanit.
The owner of the Thai food and sushi restaurant lived in JP for three years, and considers the neighborhood “one of the best food destinations in Boston.” After finding success with his first Sweet Rice location — which he opened in Charlestown in 2016 — Chairatthanawanit launched a second Sweet Rice on Tuesday in the former Wonder Spice Cafe space.
Chairatthanawanit said the second branch of Sweet Rice offers about 90% of the same menu items as its sister location, with the addition of a new menu item: crispy Bangkok rolls, which feature spicy tuna and Thai chili sauce and embody his restaurant’s take on Japanese and Thai fusion. The beloved crispy Brussels sprouts will be served, as will the khao soi noodles, duck noodle soup, and other favorites.
“We really wanted to add a Thai sushi dining experience to Jamaica Plain,” Chairatthanawanit said. “I know there’s a sushi restaurant here already — JP Seafood — but there’s no real Thai here. We’ve had a lot of people who have popped in while we’re doing renovations, and they seem to be excited to have us here.”
Sweet Rice held a soft opening on Tuesday and is now officially open to the public, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Sweet Rice; 697 Centre St., Boston; Mondays–Thursdays from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Sundays from noon–9:30 p.m.; sweetriceboston.com