Echoing it’s flagship siblings in Sydney, and focusing on the flavours that made earned it’s reputation, Misschu Melbourne has a spotlight on rice paper rolls and Vietnamese specialties. The pocket-sized eatery sees the woman behind the name, Nahji Chu, returning to her Melbourne roots, bringing her tuckshop flair with her.
The space is a more streamlined version of the weathered Sydney original, with candy stripe awnings lining the kitchen view, minimalist blond wood seating and cool green-tiles making room for a huge Visa mural. But the focus is on the compact rice-paper-roll, dumpling and vermicelli salad menu. Favourites are traditional Peking duck pancakes, satay chicken and young coconut rice-paper rolls and BBQ pork char sui buns- but don’t skip the refreshing slushie of frozen young coconut juice, blended with lychees and mint for a cupful of freshness.
Chu herself moves her energetic presence between Sydney and Melbourne, and you can always sense the excitement when she’s in the house.
Line up for a lunchtime tuckshop take-away, order in advance with a tuckshop order form or cosy-up at one of the intimate tables and decide for yourself whether her title ‘queen in rice-paper rolls’ is warranted.