Melbourne CBD . Asian Fusion . $$ 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Highly Recommended: Sticky Pork Belly, Thai Ceviche, Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Rice Paper Scissors is an asian fusion restaurant that modeled on the hawker dining bars is South East Asia, hence their emphasis on "eating with your hands" aspect in the food they sell. Providing a casual and relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant is suited with an open kitchen, tight seatings and an open bar accompanied with hip interior fittings and decor.
Being one of the highest rated restaurants on Zomato with a huge 4.7/5 rating, I was excited to dine here to find out what the hype is all about. Upon finding the restaurant at the opening time of 5:30, there was already a huge line which resulted in a one hour wait. Fortunately, the great part about the queues is that everything is done electronically, so we were free to go and do whatever until we received a text 5 minutes prior to our sitting.
A heads up about this place, the atmosphere can be very loud as the restaurant is quite compact and you can end up sitting right next to people, so if you're looking for a low-key place to eat and have a long chat, then perhaps another restaurant is ideal.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Rice Paper Scissors offers a large selection of cocktails and wines and also non-alcoholic options such as vietnamese iced coffee and fruit mocktails. Opting for the Vietnamese Iced Coffee which is made with condensed milk, the drink was refreshing and sweet. Perfect for me since I needed that caffeine kick at the time.
My friend opted for one of the weekly cocktail specials which was essentially a lychee cocktail, overall the drink was quite average, it was sweet and had a mellow lychee flavour that came close to tasting like a gin and tonic.
Crying Tiger - char-grilled wagyu beef with a spicy citrus dipping sauce
Sticky Pork Belly - twice cooked pork belly in a tamarind caramel sauce, topped with herb salad
The Crying Tiger was a 'wrapping' dish, which meant that wagyu beef was meant to be wrapped by the sesame leaf and drizzled with however much citrus sauce you wanted. The Citrus had a nice tangy flavour but wasn't spicy at all, and the wagyu beef was quite tough which required a fair amount of jaw work eat.
The Sticky Pork Belly on the other hand was absolutely delicious, the pork belly was fatty and when combined with the caramelized sauce it gave a tender melt in your mouth texture. The salad helped well when it came to providing contrast and refreshment to the dish as the pork belly does get a bit heavy after a few bites.
The kingfish ceviche was fresh and tender, and had a spicy and tangy flavour due to the accompanying chillies and herbs. The way this dish is meant to be eaten is to place the kingfish on top of the rice crackers and eat it together. This provided a delicious crunch and paired well with the soft kingfish.
For dessert we had the 'Mum, I dropped my ice cream', an amusing name that delivered exactly what it suggested on the dish. Consisting of a waffle cone, vanilla ice-cream, condensed milk and I presumed was peanuts. In terms of flavours, it was nothing special and tasted quite ordinary but It was a fun dessert to take apart and eat.
Overall, there were some dishes that I absolutely love about this restaurant such as the pork belly and thai ceviche, but there was also a few let downs. Despite this, if you haven't been here before, I highly recommend coming and trying out the dishes here.