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Rice Paper Scissors CBD, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Rice Paper Scissors CBD

4.6
4.6
627 Reviews
$41 to $100
Asian

Be transported to the hawker dining bars of South East Asia with this multi-course experience at Rice Paper Scissors. The restaurant embraces the traditional share-style culture, where dishes are enjoyed communally in a relaxed, inclusive environment designed to inspire.

Choose five delectable dishes from the à la carte or vegan menu, showcasing the freshest ingredients; sourced organically and ethically when possible. Although the menu changes seasonally, you may be treated to delights such as Thai fried chicken with sriracha mayonnaise, sticky pork belly with a caramel tamarind sauce, or crispy barramundi salad with green apple and cashew nut. Round off your meal with a cocktail (or three) and a dessert.

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Booked 73 times today
Experiences are available.

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Delivery

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9663 9890

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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Experiences

  • 5 Dishes Banquet for 5+!

    A$45.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    To our guests joining us for a booking of 5+, we can't wait! Please note you will have to dine from our 5 dishes banquet menu ($45 per person): you will be able to pick 5 dishes from the entire a la carte menu and it includes rice. As always, we are able to cater for dietary requirements so let us know in the notes at booking time and your waiter prior to ordering so we can tailor the experience accordingly for your group and take you through the options. You will have 2 hours to enjoy our delish food and cocktails! Please note that a 10% surcharge applies to the final bill on Sat and Sun bookings.

Menu

Choose 5 Dishes To Share (Inc Rice)

$45 pp. 5 dish banquet for two, vegan & non vegan

  • Crispy Coconut Cups / Banh Khot

    filled with caramelised pork, clarence river prawns and yarra valley smoked salmon caviar

    • 4pcA$16.50
  • Kingfish Cracker / Gohu Ikan

    cured west australian kingfish, green nam jim, makrut mayo, lemongrass and chilli on prawn cracker

    • 2pcA$17.00
    • eaA$8.50
  • Thai Mushroom Relish / Nam Prik HedA$17.00

    Caramelised asian mushrooms with white pepper and chilli. Soy bean crackers and leaves

    • Coconut Snapper Ceviche / Koi PlaA$17.00

      Citrus cured local snapper with pomelo, coconut and chilli. Served with crispy wonton crackers

      • Something Green? / Phat Gai ChoyA$17.00

        chef's daily special of locally sourced, seasonal vegetables

        • Smoked Broccoli Salad / Yum Broccoli Rom KhwanA$17.00

          coconut-pea purée, almond dressing, fresh asian herbs and black vinegar

          • Burmese Tea Leaf Salad / Lahpet ThokeA$17.00

            pickled tea leaf, crunchy bits, local tomatoes, wombok, peanuts, roast garlic dressing

            • Smoked Prawn & Coconut Salad / Yum Goong MA PrawA$18.00

              wood-smoked aussie prawns, green papaya, coconut, pomegranate and a palm sugar-chilli dressing

              • Milawa Duck Larb / Larb PedA$18.00

                wok-tossed free range duck mince, spicy chilli dressing, herbs, iceberg, and roast rice powder

                • Vegan Prawn Som Tam / Som Tum Pak PakA$18.00

                  green rice flake-battered mock prawns with green papaya, tomato, peanuts, chilli and snake beans

                  • Thai Fried Chicken / Peek Gai TodA$17.00

                    Marinated in ginger, garlic, chilli and lemongrass. Served with sriracha mayonnaise

                    • Crying Tiger / Seua Rong HaiA$17.00

                      chargrilled beef brisket with a spicy citrus dipping sauce

                      • Mock Duck Satay / Tao Hu Ped SatayA$17.00

                        chargrilled mock-duck skewers smothered in peanut satay

                        • Tempura Buns / Salapao Pak TodA$16.00

                          filled with tempura eggplant, cucumber and spicy vegan mayonnaise

                          • Suckling Pig Steamed Buns / Banh Bao

                            steamed pork buns with western plains free-range suckling pig, pickled cucumber, green onion and hoisin sauce

                            • 2pcA$17.00
                          • Roast Duck Banh Mi / Banh Mi Vit Quay

                            milawa free-range duck, housemade paté, pickled green papaya and sriracha mayonnaise

                            • 2pcA$17.00
                          • Mini Banh Mi / Banh Mi

                            mini vietnamese baguettes with mock duck, pickles, coriander and sriracha mayonnaise

                            • 2pcA$17.00
                          • Sticky Soy Tofu / Dau Hu Hoi ThoiA$17.00

                            fried tofu, soy glaze, crispy shallots and spring onion

                            • Sugar Cane Prawns / Chao TomA$17.50

                              minced prawn wrapped around sugar cane with ginger nuoc cham and peanuts

                              • Thai BBQ Chicken / Gai YangA$17.00

                                Marinated in soy, lemongrass and chilli. Served with nam jim jaew

                                • Sticky Pork Belly / Muu KrobA$17.50

                                  twice cooked pork in a tamarind caramel sauce topped with a fragrant herb salad

                                  • Crispy Barramundi / Yam Pla FuA$17.00

                                    fresh qld barramundi with a green apple and roast cashew salad, nam jim dressing

                                    • Makrut Rockling Curry / Kaeng Makrut PlaA$18.00

                                      steamed rockling and hairy melon in a light, lime and coconut curry

                                      • Burmese Chickpea Curry / Chana AlooA$17.00

                                        braised chickpeas and potatoes in burmese spices with pickled mustard greens

                                        • Steamed Jasmine Rice

                                          • per serveA$5.00
                                        • Malaysian RotiA$8.00

                                          Served with a peanut dipping sauce. Something to mop up the best bits

                                          Last updated: May 19, 2022

                                          What 627 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.6
                                          4.6 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.6Food
                                          • 4.6Service
                                          • 4.4Ambience
                                          • 4.3Value

                                          NoiseEnergetic

                                          Loved For

                                          • Melbourne

                                            Asian

                                          • City Centre

                                            Healthy

                                          • City Centre

                                            Good Vegetarian Options

                                          • City Centre

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                                          1. AG

                                            AlisonG

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Excellent food with great flavours. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with great service.

                                          2. M

                                            Mazzy

                                            London

                                            8 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fab place to eat in general. Such good value for money. The chicken, barramundi and pork belly large plates were sooo good! Vietnamese espresso martini absolutely fantastic.

                                          3. M

                                            Maryo

                                            Gold Coast

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Exciting food and cocktails

                                          4. DP

                                            DimiP

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            If I could leave 10 stars I would! Love this place and everything about it! ❤️

                                          5. ME

                                            MohamadE

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            Great ambiance with very tasty food. Absolute loved the chickpea curry. 8.5/10 overall!

                                          6. GH

                                            GraceH

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Delicious! Best meal I’ve had there. Such great value

                                          7. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            made a reservation for 8 people as a birthday dinner. if you have a booking of five or more people you have to do a ‘banquet’ that is $45 per head, in which each person chooses one dish from the menu, and for each dish you are given one portion for each person doing the banquet (e.g i ordered the sticky tofu, so there were eight small servings of tofu for the eight of us). the food was delicious! highly recommend the sticky tofu if you’re vegetarian/vegan like me. however, i will say that the portion sizes for the banquet menu are a bit small. for people with allergies or intolerances - this place is more than willing to cater to you! a friend had some intolerances and without any prompt was given a whole chart on what foods he could and could not eat, and any possible alterations to existing dishes were explained thoroughly. the service was a little slow, but that’s completely understandable as there weren’t many floor staff - it’s not their fault! overall we had a fun night and the food was really enjoyable, with very few hiccups along the way.

                                          8. RB

                                            RichardB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            A bustling restaurant with superb service form all wait staff. Food was delicious, atmosphere was great. Cocktails a must have! We had a few haha

                                          9. k

                                            kristenr

                                            Melbourne

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            A favourite. This most recent visit we did the all vege menu and it was lovely

                                          10. CS

                                            CarlyS

                                            London

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            RPS is one of my all time favourite places to eat! Delicious food, friendly and fun staff and great vibes. Would highly recommend and will be back soon :)

                                          11. L

                                            Lizz

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall2food5service1ambience2

                                            Unprofessional staffs. They made me pay for their mistakes. Absolute garbage.

                                          12. RK

                                            RossK

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food. $45 banquet was excellent but slightly too much food.

                                          13. JC

                                            JimmyC

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                            We called to say we would be running late and left a message as it rang out. We arrived late and we’re told they gave our table away and “tried to call me” I had no missed calls. We were reluctantly given a table outside and told we had 5 minutes to order. Not a great tone to start the night. The service was hit and miss. The first 4 courses were great. The last course was a fish curry and the fish was cold and raw. Sent it back and we received the same dish just re heated and then 5 minutes later received the rice to go with it. Overall it was ok but hesitate before going back.

                                          14. TC

                                            TimC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Consistently of the highest order, service and meals of wonderment. Thank you.

                                          15. s

                                            surasi

                                            Victoria

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            the food was good overall but the drinks were a little overpriced.

                                          16. FK

                                            FrithK

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Charming service, delicious cocktails, tasty plates and a lovely overall vibe. Couldn't have been nicer

                                          17. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Melbourne

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall3food5service2ambience2

                                            Waited an hour for our last dish, was super slow with bringing out dishes. The staff were super lovely though, yet at around 9 they started blasting music and it became really difficult to have a conversation. Food was great though

                                          18. JL

                                            JasonL

                                            Victoria

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall1food4service1ambience3

                                            Wouldn’t recommend for minorities. Only reason I didn’t complaint on the spot was I ddin’t want them to spit in my food.

                                          19. HA

                                            HayleyA

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            Overall, a lovely dining experience and would highly recommend. I was disappointed with the pork belly as most of it was fat and they forgot to bring me my beer. However, I had the best cocktail I've ever had and the rest of the food was divine :)

                                          20. G

                                            Gangstar22

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food. Only down side is that we can’t be seated yet unless it’s at 12 midday.

                                          21. RF

                                            RF4367

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall3food4service4ambience2

                                            Food was flavourful and service great. However, no indication was given beforehand it was an outdoor table. When we turned up, they put us outside and this made us feel a little like an afterthought. We booked three weeks in advance and if outdoor seating was the only option we would have chosen another dinner spot. As a customer, it would have been nice to get a heads up as you can dress appropriately for outdoor seating in winter. Heaters were provided but stopped feeling my feet halfway through. Should be ok in summer but in winter, diners should be told so beforehand to prevent them freezing and ruining the food

                                          22. s

                                            simonp

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had the Vegan banquet. So tasty! Awesome staff too.

                                          23. D

                                            Darcee

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            Food was amazing and drinks were outstanding however waitress tried to convince us to change something on our order when we didn’t want to saying we ordered “too much protein” which kind of made me self conscious.

                                          24. PC

                                            PeterC

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                            Sharing 5 courses I expected to be rolling out of the place. But some of the courses, including the kingfish, were literally bite size. No thanks.

                                          25. L

                                            Lotusleafappetite

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Great place to catch up with friends and chill there. Most fishes are delicious but not quite value for money. Had the 5 dishes to share but all of us weren't fully satisfied and needed more food afterwards. Barramundi was the best. Drinks are good. Lovely and energic staff.

                                          26. BR

                                            BradR

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Outstanding as usual! Crying tiger used to be my favourite but Crispy Barramundi is the new go to

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious food and such great value for money

                                          28. MC

                                            MartinC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent food, girls serving were friendly and awesome! Highly recommended Thanks for a fantastic lunch.

                                          29. LT

                                            LindyT

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had the vegan banquet ( despite the fact that we eat meat). An assortment of 5 different dishes - all delicious and so flavoursome! We will definitely be returning to try everything on the menu. Service was prompt and delivered with a smile. Excellent restaurant - highly reccommend

                                          30. DJ

                                            DavidJ

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We thoroughly enjoyed the vegan banquet. The food was delicious and Charlotte was terrific in looking after us. Will be back again soon.

                                          31. BB

                                            BrionyB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Food was fantastic and flavour packed, plenty to choose from on the menu and the 5 for $45 pp was pla great selection between 2 to share for lunch

                                          32. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This is my second time dining at this venue and i will continue to return. The service is outstanding, props to the great staff. The food is amazing value for the price and you definitely go home with a full tummy. Shoutout to the chefs for the beautiful range, taste and quality of the food. They have a great range of drinks also, and the deserts are also amazing! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone :) thanks again guys!!!

                                          33. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fun night with my daughter. Dinner was perfect

                                          34. T

                                            Tapper134

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 27, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great meal. Well worth a visit. Will come again!!!

                                          35. LC

                                            LincolnC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very good food at what I considered a very reasonable price but the service was outstanding

                                          36. AS

                                            AimeeS

                                            Exclusive

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                            overall3food1service5ambience5

                                            Sadly dropped several stars because despite ordering gluten free I now have symptoms I’ve ingested wheat. Have dined here many times and this has never been a problem before, truly amazing food and lovely wait staff, my friend and I had a great time. But Ive been in significant dietary-induced pain last night and today and this is all I can point to. It’s such a shame.

                                          37. TO

                                            TomO

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall3food3service5ambience3

                                            Good food but not great. Roast pork was tough and the barramundi didn't have much flavour. We wouldn't recommend it to people.

                                          38. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Tropical North Queensland

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Had a lovely lunch food was delicious , staff were attentive overall great time

                                          39. M

                                            Michelle

                                            Victoria

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious food, fun and engaging service, great value for money

                                          40. AL

                                            AnnetteL

                                            Melbourne

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This restaurant is our go to when in Melbourne. My sister has coeliac disease and the choices on the menu are amazing for her. Food is so delicious and fresh tasting. Display on the plate enticing. Service by the wait staff nothing short than excellent.

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                            • Contactless payment available
                                          • Physical distancing

                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                            • Extra space between tables
                                          • Protective equipment

                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                          • Screening

                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                            • Staff is vaccinated
                                            • Contact tracing information collected

                                          FAQs

                                          Rice Paper Scissors CBD does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

                                          Rice Paper Scissors CBD is rated 4.6 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

                                          Rice Paper Scissors CBD does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          7:00 PM


                                          Booked 73 times today
                                          Experiences are available.

                                          Order delivery or takeout

                                          Delivery

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                                          Google Map for Rice Paper Scissors CBD

                                          15 Hardware Lane Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

                                          Additional information

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Melbourne CBD

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Asian

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking details

                                            None

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Additional

                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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