Rice Paper is located along 7th Street just north of McDowell in a renovated historic home. As the name suggests, Rice Paper focuses on a variety of spring rolls but the restaurant also has a great selection of your favorite Vietnamese dishes like pho and bánh mì. But when you walk into Rice Paper, you’ll find that it isn’t your typical Vietnamese restaurant — Rice Paper has taken the traditional Vietnamese dining experience and put a modern twist on it. You see it in the clean lines and modern décor and you’ll see it on the menu as well.
When summer arrives in Phoenix I look for cool and refreshing meals and Rice Paper delivers. I suggest starting with one of their signature spring rolls. I went with the Enlighten Me/Chay Cay spring roll that comes stuffed with tofu, asparagus, jalapenos, jicama, crispy rolls, and sriracha. The cool crunch and spiciness of this roll was just what I needed on a hot day.
Normally, when I visit our local Vietnamese restaurants Pho is always my first choice, but since I was going for something cool and fresh I ordered the Saigon/Bun. This huge and refreshing salad comes with rice vermicelli, shredded lettuce, sprouts, cucumbers, mint, crispy shallots, and peanuts with a Vietnamese vinaigrette dressing and a choice of grilled chicken, grilled pork, or tofu and shitake mushrooms. I kept my meal vegetarian and went with the tofu and shitake mushrooms.
I’m looking forward to going back to Rice Paper in the fall for some of their more comforting dishes like pho, bánh mì and their hot pots, but until temps cool off again in Phoenix, Rice Paper will be my go to for refreshing spring rolls and satisfying salads.
Rice Paper is located at 2221 N. Seventh Street in Phoenix.