While A and I were living in Canberra, PappaRich opened an outlet in the Canberra Centre and it was constantly busy. We dined there twice during our time in Canberra and after the first time, I wasn’t impressed. The second time was marginally better, but I was still unsure of the hype. While I was unemployed a few weeks ago and A had a day off during the week, we decided to head to Northbridge for Nasi Lemak at PappaRich.
Heading to PappaRich on a weekday for lunch is one way to guarantee you’ll miss the crowds. We were seated straight away, and there was no sign of a queue when we arrived or when we left, unlike during the evenings.
PappaRich was established in 2005, with its first outlet in Kuala Lumpur, and now there are 70 outlets in Malaysia and 16 in Australia with 2 in Perth – Northbridge and Westfield Carousel. Their menu features a variety of Malaysian favourites, including Roti Canai, traditional Hainan bread with Kaya and butter, Satay, Nasi Lemak, Fried Kuey Teow, Curry Laksa, Asam Laksa, Chicken Rice, Prawn Mee and Mee Goreng. PappaRich also has an extended variety of favourite Malaysian drinks, including Kopi Cham Milo, teh and jelly, and iced milo along with many more to choose from.
The menu and ordering system at PappaRich is an interesting aspect – on your table you will find ordering sheets and pencils where you are required to put the corresponding number of your chosen dishes from the menu. When you’re ready to order, you press a bell to alert a waitress, which rings throughout the restaurant. Throughout your meal, you’ll hear bells ringing frequently.
A ordered the Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and she was also impressed with her meal, especially with the chicken curry that didn’t feature any gristle unlike the version we had in Canberra.
I ordered the Nasi Lemak with beef rendang and I was really impressed with the rendang curry. It had a deep flavour to it and the beef was really tender. The rest of the elements were all fresh and delicious. It was a great version of Nasi Lemak.
Overall, I was really impressed with our lunch at PappaRich. The waitstaff were lovely and the Nasi Lemak was fantastic. Unlike our experience in Canberra, the atmosphere at PappaRich in Northbridge was friendlier and calmer – there wasn’t any waitstaff running around and we didn’t feel like we were being pushed out the door. We’ll definitely return.