Rice Paper Scissors, Melbourne
What better way to start a new week than new people at new food places. Rice Paper Scissors has been on my list for a little while now and has two locations in Fitzroy and the CBD. I’ve heard good things from my New Zealand friends who have been and the place has a serious crowd, even on this nippy Monday evening.
It’s a non-bookable venue (for dinner service at least) and we ended up having to kill a decent hour before we got a text that the table was ready. The restaurant is very small and the wait could be a concern on a busier evening. There’s a place called Hochi Mama next door which seemingly takes the overflow but otherwise seemed dead. I Googled them and “pho fusion dumpling” came up which is a sure sign to avoid in itself.
It’s a sharing menu with a $59 for five dishes offer at Rice Paper Scissors. Things started off well with a warm crispy duck salad with good meat ratio, pleasant spice and sweetness and mostly balanced. The Pork Belly was really good, though slightly on the fatty side but very melt-in-your mouth tastiness. Awesome value though. The BBQ Pork buns were good enough but probably not the best of the bunch when you consider all things are priced the same.
Roti was ultimately unnecessary and was a bit dry in places. We went for the special, which was a Malaysian style satay chicken (below) with a very tasty sauce that was thoughtfully repurposed for roti-eating. Rounding off the night was the barbecue lamb ribs marinated in Mekong whiskey and special sticky sauce which were moreish although slightly fatty as well. All the items came with a salad garnish and we were totally stuffed by the end of it. The dessert options seemed a worthwhile try for another time as well.
Pro tip: pop earlier to reserve a table and have some share worthy company.