Spanish Rice Pudding – Arroz con Leche


Mexico Arriba.  A-6020 Innsbruck · Innrain 2

Hours: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:00 – 22:00

After all that, if you still manage to have room left over for dessert, Mexico Arriba also features a handful of treats to complete your foray into Mexican cuisine.

Arroz con leche is a type of rice pudding.  It’s a classic Latin American dessert made of rice cooked in milk, with cinnamon sprinkled on top.  Here, sweet pieces of fresh fruit – red grapes, diced apples, and pears– decorate the surface.  A single physalis (aka golden berry or Cape gooseberry) sits on one side, its leaves resting comfortably on the bed of milky rice.

Instead of infusing the rice with an aggressive or innovative approach, the arroz con leche is too mild and unassuming in flavor.  The dish is more savory pudding than sweet dessert, almost like cottage cheese.  The unobtrusive rice merely adopts the neutral taste of milk and little else.  Though the grains are creamy and the mixture thick, it could certainly use an additional amount of sugar to jazz things up a bit.  The cinnamon adds aroma and spice, but does little to remedy the lack of sweetness.  Actually, the unforgettable horchata beverage tastes sweeter than this dessert.   The fresh fruit makes up for the lackluster flavors of the rice pudding, but generally there aren’t enough apples and grapes to go around.


Taking into account the relatively simple list of ingredients in this dessert, 4.50 is slightly overprice.  It’s hard to resist sampling desserts when experiencing foreign cuisine.  But the arroz con leche is one dish that can be overlooked.


Overall:  5/10

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