It seems incongruous at first to wander into a shop that does soft buttery croissants as well as it does fresh handmade rice paper rolls. But this is Rice Paper Scissors, the new kid on Kenmore's block, which features the vibrant street food of Vietnam interlaced with reminders of the country's French colonial legacy.
Presenting an unassuming façade that is halfway between bakery and hawker stall, Rice Paper Scissors at first appears unpromising. But by the first bite of my prawn and avocado rice paper roll, with a tantalising hint of mint, I knew I'd be back for more. And I wouldn't need to count my pennies either: summer rolls (goi cuon) as they are called here, are an affordable $3 and offer a wide range of fillings, including chilli and lemongrass chicken, BBQ pork and teriyaki tofu and enoki mushroom.
Delicious banh mi thit, baguettes with fillings including roast pork belly, caramelised soy chicken and lemongrass beef, are also on the menu. So is Rice Paper Scissors'phamous pho, a steaming bowl of homemade beef or chicken broth filled with fresh rice noodles, topped with your choice of meats and with a dollop of bean sprouts, basil and shallots. Rice bowls, vermicelli salads and streat sliders (fluffy steamed open buns filled with meats, sauces and fresh vegetables) also make an appearance.
The list of bakery items is just as extensive - think freshly-baked croissants, beautifully iced cakes, pastries and bacon and egg rolls. Great coffee too.
The Kenmore Rice Paper Scissors restaurant opened in May 2014 and is a sister to establishments already thriving at Milton and Hamilton. Let's hope their 'fast, fresh, authentic and affordable' ethos stands the test of time.
Pineapple coconut cakes. Image courtesy Rice Paper Scissors.