In the zeitgeist of cool Asian street food, Vietnamese lunch spot Paperboy Kitchen is setting itself apart from the rest.
Set up on an inconspicuous block on Little Lonsdale Street, away from the traffic, Paperboy operates out of a humble-sized space. The industrial furniture design contrasts well with the vibrant plants and Asian grocer-store decor, along with the cheeky plastic dinosaurs used in the place of table numbers.
A notch above your average Bánh mì joint, Paperboy specialises in both rice-noodle bowls and bread rolls that are packed with Asian slaw, carrot-daikon pickle and coriander. You can choose from a range of fillings including chilli beef, satay tofu, spicy BBQ pork and pulled lamb, all with a side bowl of popcorn. The food is fresh and filling without being heavy or greasy. Snacks include a crisp fried chicken with Sriracha mayo dip. Don’t skip the sweet-yet-salty milk-bar cookie for dessert.