Melbourne is known for its laneways that are dotted through out the centre of the city. They are home to some fabulous street art, eclectic coffee shops and great little cafes. In one of these lanes just off Bourke Street is Rice Paper Scissors, or RICE PAPR SCRS as it is cleverly written, one of my favourite lunch spots in Melbourne.
The small cafe was buzzing when we entered, busy with lunch time workers from the Paris end of town. It’s not long before they all disappear back to their cubicles and we are enjoying a fabulous lunch in relative quietness.
Bookings are taken for the lunch time service but not at night. It’s very casual….there are seats at the bar and a few high tables inside. If Melbourne’s notorious weather is behaving, you may be lucky to find a free crate to sit on outside the cafe.
The Asian influenced tapas dishes are very reasonably priced ranging between $10 and $15 each. They all sound delicious so it’s a hard decision as to what to choose. I always want to try them all so thankfully Rice Paper Scissors has the answer and offer a choice of five dishes for $55 for 2 people. Problem solved!
Bahn Mi, the mini Vietnamese baguettes are a favourite as are the Bahn Bao or steamed pork buns. There’s always a betal leaf dish. I’ve had duck and lychee salad on betal leaf in the past and and another with prawns and toasted coconut salad. Such clever combinations. There’s always a salad dish too. I’m already savouring the mince duck salad, roasted rice and herbs that will hopefully still be on the menu when I return to Melbourne in a couple of weeks.
Don’t forget the daily specials on the black board…they’re always a treat!
What ever you do, leave room for dessert. The ‘Icecream Sanga‘ is a must…..homemade mango ice cream and sticky rice in sweet toasted bun! Sensational!
Have you eaten here? What is your favourite restaurant or cafe in Melbourne?
RICE PAPR SCRS (Rice Paper Scissors)
19 Liverpool St, Melbourne
Tel: 03 96639890
Mon- Sat: 12- 3pm and 6 pm – late
Web Site: www.ricepaperscissors.com.au