Rice Paper Scissors is only a couple of years old and are churning out more delicious Vietnamese morsels than you can shake a Bahn mi at.
Owner Rahmie Clowes and chef, Shane Stafford have been friends since they were four years old and became business partners when they opened Rice Paper Scissors.
Both men have a 20 year history as chefs, although according to Clowes, most of the flavour combinations at the restaurant are driven by Stafford.
The polished wooden bar and cosy space is dimly lit, exuding an air of exclusivity that only Melbournians who are happy to wait over an hour for a table for are familiar with.
However, the affordability and casual share food style makes the restaurant a comfortable and accessible place to dine with friends any day of the week.
Clowes and Stafford have been creating the Asian style hawker food for over five years together, originally mainly servicing friends’ parties or functions.
“When we had days off at the same time we would go to the markets and buy a whole heap of stuff and make as many crazy things as we could,” says Clowes.
The booming Melbourne food scene doesn’t intimidate Clowes, rather he thinks it is important to “just do what you can with the space you have.”
“We are smaller than other places and we offer good food, good service and it isn’t too expensive.”
The food itself is all incredibly flavoursome, with plenty to choose from. We did the five dish deal, which allows diners to choose any five dishes off the menu for a set price.
The Crying Tiger packed the perfect amount of heat that had you sweating slightly, but was wonderfully balanced by a sour hit.
The Duck Salad had an usual texture, with the minced duck almost feeling like an earthy cous cous in your mouth, but the fresh and tangy salad exploding in a burst of flavour.
Thai fried chicken pieces were an instant crowd pleaser, with unbelievably light and spicy batter and juicy white chicken underneath that kept you going back for more and more.
You are spoilt for choice in the booze department too, and a crisp cocktail is the perfect pairing to the high intensity flavours found in the food.
Rahmie’s ‘must try’ dishes:
- “The pork buns. I like the pork buns.”
- “The cocktails are all good, but the Lemongrass Tom Collins is fantastic.”