PappaRich, Melbourne CBD
The better of the Malaysian restaurant chains that now exist in Australia is PappaRich, and it’s also made it way back home in New Zealand as well as in my second home city of Canberra. It offers competent, if unsurprising Malaysian cuisine which is speedy and varied in a usually busy ambience especially at this branch in the QV Centre. Much of the menu is hawker-styled food with non-hawker styled prices. It’s a good spot for a big crowd, and there should be a dish option to please everyone. The cartoon teas and desserts are especially good, I rather enjoy the pudding with sugar syrup.
My last experience here featured the fried noodles with chicken as pictured and it was an okay dish, but didn’t come close to the ones my mother used to make growing up. The amount of sauce was a bit lacking to get that noodle soft enough and there wasn’t really much to it in terms of vegetables or other items, but the flavours were there. On another occasion I had N15 dry curry egg noodles with curry chicken and again this was fine but nothing that left my jaw on the floor. Part of me wishes these places would focus on getting a few core dishes really right. But otherwise it’s an alright option for a centrally located eating place.