Valerie Luu works the room at Dear Mom [Photo: Andria Lo/Facebook]
Popular Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors has been making the rounds for over two years with stints at such spots as Dear Mom, Whiz Burgers and Mojo Bicycle Cafe. Now, owners Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan have finally made it official. Starting with a soft-opening February 10th, Luu and Kwan will open a brick-and-mortar at, you guessed, Brick and Mortar Music Hall, which has been the site of their latest string of pop-up meals. The pair will make use of the music venue's underutilized daytime hours with a lunch schedule that will run 11am-2pm Monday to Wednesday to start off with, and will extend to Friday after their first month up and running.
The opening lunch menu will showcase pate chaud (savory handheld pies stuffed with ground chicken, chicken liver pate and wood ear mushrooms), fried egg banh mi with Vietnamese ham and chicken liver pate, beef pho and vegan yellow curry with rice, taro, eggplant, purple yams and carrots sourced from the Heart of the City Farmers Market. Slow-dripped Vietnamese coffee and housemade fermented ginger beer with candied kumquats will be on hand to wash it all down.
Rice Paper Scissors established a brunch following during their Dear Mom pop-ups, and they promise that brunch will be on the way soon, so stay tuned for weekend brunch favorites like steak and egg rice plates, fried mochi dumplings and Vietnamese Beignets sometime in the future. For now, Luu and Kwan will continue to operate their pho and banh mi catering service on the side.