“Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.” – Mitch Hedberg
Rice, Paper, Scissors has perfected the humble approach to shared fare and invigorating cocktails. Pull up a stool at the bar and peruse the one-page menu which is intended to be shared over conversation and between sips of their Vietnamese inspired boozy concoctions.
Rice, Paper, Scissors offers 5 dishes for $59 – a very cost effective way to sample the menu. First up arrived the Crying Tiger – beef wagyu, chunky relish and a tart dipping sauce. Messily enveloped in the crisp lettuce leaves and then dunked into the sauce made for maximum enjoyment of the melty wagyu beef.
Next up were the Galloping Horses to keep in the theme of animal-named dishes. Sweet, caramelised, sticky pork and crushed peanut balls atop of bold slices of pineapple. So very sweet and oh-so moreish.
The special offering of the day was a must; betel leaves with scallops and zesty green mango salad. Wrapping these bite size morsels into the slightly bitter betel leaf provided a juicy mouthgasm.
The mini banh mi bites filled with homemade pate, soft shell crab was soft, sweet and the exact right level of crunchy was imparted by the gangly limbs of the soft shell crab.
The Filipino BBQ pork was beautiful – check out that pink ring. Served alongside lettuce to act as impromptu wraps, these bite size melt-in-the-mouth pieces of pork were the highlight of the meal.
The ever-so popular Rice Paper Scissors is a great place to stop by to share a few small bites and delicious cocktails. The service is vibrant and our server expertly taught us how to wrap and combine our dishes for a guaranteed trip to flavour-town. Pro-tip – Rice Paper Scissors offers lunchtime bookings and it is well worth booking ahead to secure a seat.