Rice Paper Sister may be the youngest in the Rice Paper Scissors family (it’s the third restaurant from owners Rahmie Clowes and Shane Stafford), but she’s already giving her older siblings a run for your appetite.
Newly opened on Hardware Lane, there’s a fluid South East Asian menu to accompany charming service and a chic, stylish interior. Through share-style Indonesian roast chicken wrapped in fragrant banana leaf, slow-cooked Filipino goat shoulder and Balinese roast suckling pig (which you definitely won’t want to share), hop through a cultural mash up of vibrant, spicy fare.
The sashimi of hiramasa kingfish with white soy, fermented rice vinegar and yuzu or isaan-style tartar of kangaroo with chilli fresh herbs, roasted rice and burnt eggplant dressing are both strong starts to the menu. Get messy and grab a betal leaf or crisp to DIY a kangaroo tartare sandwich.
The tempura ‘q.l.d’ lobster roll with chrysanthemum leaves, nori mayo and mustard pickles is served in pairs, but don’t feel pressured to order it between two (the more lobster, the better). Highlights from the larger plates include Rice Paper Sister’s signature ‘babi guling’ Balinese roast suckling pig, with ‘lawar’ young jackfruit salad and roti. Be generous with the smoky sambal, even the chilli-adverse will admit it brings the dish to a new level.
For dessert, the vietnamisu (Vietnamese-inspired tiramisu) is a must with Vietnamese coffee mousse, chocolate, lemongrass and ginger infused masala. Creative cocktails include the Vietnamese Espresso Martini with vodka, espresso and condensed milk.
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