Hampton Roads Restaurants De Rican Chef Restaurant: A Hampton Roads Treat By Star LaBranche Posted on December 29, 2018 3 min read 1 0 38 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr De Rican Chef is a restaurant I’ve driven past many times, wondering if it’s any good. I ended up finally going for the first time a few weeks previously and was blown away by their amazing flavors, well-cooked meats, and friendly staff. I decided to take Dan for my second trip as neither of us had eaten dinner and no one felt like cooking. Appetizers We started off with the croquettas. They were firm but tasted soft when bitten into. The flavorings were deliriously good and with the table sauce, I could have taken 40 of them for my dinner instead of ordering a meal. Dan and the ham and cheese croquettes. Entrees But we did order meals and they were just as amazing. I got pernil asado, a pork dish with yellow rice and a side salad. I’m not sure what kind of magic the chefs at this restaurant know, but I had never eaten rice that good. Rice is usually boring filler and this yellow rice could have been a meal itself. Pernil asado at De Rican Chef Dan selected pechuga a la milanesa, a chicken dish with melted cheese and tomatoes, which also came with yellow rice and a side salad. I tasted his food and agreed with him that it was far and above any chicken dishes we had had recently. Pechuga a la milanesa a De Rican Chef Dessert When it came time for dessert we were both too stuffed to indulge. But I saw the flan de queso served to another table and wished I had saved room. Next time. Overall Thoughts The wall mural at De Rican Chef in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s very easy to sit and chat and feel comfortable in their dining rooms. Both times I was there the rooms were well-populated with other diners, but the noise level was comfortable. There are locations in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and also offer delivery through several companies. De Rican Chef Overall Experience 100% Food 100% Atmosphere 100% Service 100% Summary A great restaurant with wonderful food, a delightful flavor, and fantastic staff. Be sure to get the croquettas! 100 % Delicious! User Rating 0 Be the first one !