Level 2, Shop 11, QV Square, 210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Date visited: 31st January 2013
PappaRich is a Malaysian restaurant that opened up a while ago at the venue which was once Old Town Kopitiam. They specialise in Malaysian food like roti canai, bread with kaya and butter, satay, nasi lemak, laksa, chicken rice, mee goreng and even desserts like ice kacang. A visit here was long overdue, so when MerlinFan suggested we go the other day, I readily agreed.
We were greeted outside by a friendly maitre d and brought to our seats inside by a waiter. There was ample space in the restaurant and we got a comfy booth seat near the back.
They give you time to review the menu and write your orders down on a pad of paper. When you're ready, you press the green buzzer and someone comes to take your slip of paper.
I had an Air Bandung which was milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup. When I first tasted it, I had to try it again. If it hadn't been mildly pink, I would have thought they brought me the wrong drink. I don't know if they used soy milk, but it tasted exactly like soybean milk. There was only the faintest hint of rose syrup, so I don't know man, to me, it tasted weird, like it couldn't decided to be Bandung or soy milk.
|Air bandung $3.90|
|Teh Ais $3.90|
|Char Kuay Teow $11.50|
I had the Roti Canai with Chicken Curry.
|Roti canai with curry chicken $10.90|
My first thought when my dish was brought out was that the roti canai looked very different to Mamak's. It looked less fluffy and thicker, but it tasted amazing. It was different to Mamak's, but hell, tasted damned good to me! It was also fluffy, actually, and deliciously crispy. I couldn't pick which one was nicer - they were both good. Different, but good. The other curry sauces were thankfully not as bloody spicy as Mamak's, and for that I was grateful. I loved the spicy, super tender curry chicken - it was nice to have an option to have the roti plain or with curry chicken on the side as I sure love having something else to go with my roti!
Overall, food and drinks were not bad, but the roti canai with curry was excellent - I would come back just for this.
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