20 Mar VIBRANT SOUTHEAST ASIAN FLAVOURS OF MELBOURNE
Discover a selection of the best venues to taste bold flavours and exciting dishes of southeast Asia
Rice Paper Sister continues to pack in the diners just like its sister restaurant, Rice Paper Scissors. That’s because these two relaxed spots from up-and-coming young chef Ross Magnaye go big on flavour while retaining careful and balanced plating. Although Magnaye was born in The Philippines, his dishes also strongly feature Indonesia and Thailand influences.
Favourites include lobster roll with mustard pickle and burnt nori or grilled John Dory with spiced butter and sambal matah, a spicy Balinese type of salsa. The standout on my visit was a brilliant Filipino-inspired pork jowl and belly dish, slow cooked in multiple stages with ingredients including garlic, soy sauce, coconut vinegar, black pepper, Vietnamese mint, coriander, Thai basil, and chili.