Honestly impressive modern Asian cuisine is somewhat of an anomaly —it’s easy to do poorly and hard to do well. The newest little sister to join the Rice Paper Scissors family is bucking that trend.
Rice Paper Sister (the third and youngest child in the family) is tucked onto Hardware Lane and clearly made for group dining. The brainchild of childhood-friends Rahmie Clowes and Shane Stafford (they joke they could never get rid of each other), outdoor dining tables are generously dotted across the front of the restaurant. Inside, a trio of group dining tables creates the bubbling, electric atmosphere (which is helped more than a little bit by the lightning fast and infallibly charming staff).
Turning to the menu created by head chef Ross Magnaye, there are a couple of non-negotiable orders. The Isaan-style tartar of kangaroo with chilli fresh herbs, roasted rice and burnt eggplant dressing is equal parts fresh and gloriously spicy. It’s a step up from your usual tartare, and if we’re being honest, we’d happily order a serve per person.
Other standouts include the tempura ‘q.l.d’ lobster roll with chrysanthemum leaves, nori mayonnaise and mustard pickles. Grilled wagyu 9+ beef served with Filipino burnt coconut sauce, pickled shallots and grilled milk bread is a winner for date night.
Larger plates include the crowd-favourite ‘babi guling’ Balinese roast suckling pig with ‘lawar’ young jackfruit salad and flaky roti. For dessert, don’t go past the vietnamisu—a Vietnamese coffee mousse with chocolate, lemongrass and ginger infused masala.
The South East Asian influence continues through to the cocktail menu, with drinks playing musical chairs with ingredients including fresh mandarin oleo saccharum, lychee infused vodka and lemongrass infused gin. The Vietnamese Espresso Martini, complete with vodka, espresso and condensed milk is a must.
If first impressions count, Rice Paper Sister is out-rivalling its older siblings.
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