Rice paper scissors is a cool hawker-style dining space where they serve a range of tasty dishes inspired by South East Asia. Sort of like Asian tapas, there are individual pieces for each person served in share-plates. We had the banquet where you choose 5 dishes from the menu. And then we added dessert of course. The food is amazing and the staff are lovely too.
It is a small space but it is used well. There are tables along the bar and bigger tables on the side for larger groups. There are some tables out the front, which is perfect for a sunny day.
It has an arty vibe with the brick walls, Asian inspired artwork and a bicycle hung on the wall with greenery flowing out of its basket.
They had a range of refreshing drinks and cocktails. I had the lychee, coconut and kaffir lime crush which was delicious and refreshing.
If you visit this place you have to try the BBQ lamb ribs. They are hands down the best lamb ribs I have eaten to date. It was our first dish we had and it left the whole table wanting more. Definitely had a wow factor. The meat was falling off the bone and melted in your mouth. Marinated in Mekong whiskey and a special sauce, they were sweet and savoury and sticky and wonderful. They were topped with some fresh coriander and chilli. Love.
The crying tiger is a classic dish. You grab a lettuce leaf, pop a piece of chargrilled beef in the middle with some of the Asian salsa then fold it up and dip it in the spicy citrus dipping sauce. It was tasty. And that dipping sauce…yum!
Just seeing the words ‘sticky pork belly’ on the menu made me happy. The twice-cooked pork belly was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. It was delicious. It was covered in a sticky tamarind caramel sauce (amazing) and was topped with fragrant Asian herbs and been shoots for some freshness.
The mini soft-shell crab Vietnamese baguettes were cute. They were little soft buns with homemade pate, spicy mayo, pickled vegetables and fresh coriander. The soft-shell crab was battered and deep-fried. Delish!
Our last savoury dish was a box full of crispy fried chicken! It was packed with Thai flavours like galangal, chilli, lemongrass and coriander root and served with a spicy mayo dipping sauce. The chicken meat was tender and juicy and the batter was super crunchy.
We ordered the dessert special that day which was a dropped ice-cream (which is what it looked like on the plate). There was white chocolate ice-cream, with sweetened condensed milk and a salty biscuit crumb with puffed quinoa and an ice-cream cone on top.
We also had the terrarium dessert (which looked like a terrarium). It was Vietnamese coffee mousse (sweet creamy coffee) covered in a peanut, coconut and coffee soil with mint leaves stemming out of the soil. So cute.
The food was impressive and packed full of flavour. This is my kind of place, a casual environment with heaps of character and exceptional food and service.
I heart Rice Paper Scissors!
Rice Paper Scissors
Address: 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9663 9890
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm-3pm (lunch) 6 til late (dinner), bar opens at 5.30pm