The quality of the food and customer service is much the same across the different stores of PappaRich, so I’m comfortable talking about them together. Here, we have two visits, one to the branch in Ultimo (above) and the other to Macquarie Park.
This is the Dry Koay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken ($14.90). It’s ‘thin flat rice noodles served with tasty sweet sauce, red chilli and a serve of steamed chicken’.
The noodles are smooth and slippery with a sweet soy like sauce. The chillis provide some heat to spice up the noodles.
Unfortunately for me, I’m always stuck with squeaky chicken breast when I eat steamed chicken at restaurants. This time it’s no exception even though T’s serving of steamed chicken was deliciously smooth and juicy thigh. The coriander added an enjoyable herby flavour to the soy in the chicken.
On the earlier visit, I was really after the Pappa Wat Tan Hor ($14.90) or wok-fried combination thick flat rice noodles with egg gravy, prawns, fish cake, chicken slices, choy sum and fried shallots. The larger portion saw me opting to share with D at a later visit to Macquarie Park.
The dish is fragrant with wok hei much like you’d expect from Cantonese cuisine. Add a dash of soy sauce and the provided pickled chillis, the dish ticks the five basic tastes and is immensely enjoyable with its vast array of ingredients. That said, the slipperiness of the egg gravy means it’s not the easiest dish to eat with chopsticks — a spoon will assist.
We’re not sure if we’d tried the Roti Telur ($8.90) before so we give it a go. Roti telur is roti canai with egg throughout the bread. Here, it’s served with dhal and sambal. The roti telur has a delicious eggy flavour, although it’s masked by the dhal and sambal. It’s also denser than the roti canai whose fluffy texture makes it both a convenient and tasty vehicle for dipping into sauces, whereas the roti telur is better appreciated on its own.
This is the Roti Canai with Tandoori Chicken ($14.90) with raita, sambal and a wedge of lime. The roti at PappaRich has a delicious crispiness to the edge with a fragrant and fluffy construction, which is in stark contrast to the ones from Indian or Sri Lankan restaurants. The tandoori chicken is pleasantly spicy, but cooled with the yoghurt speckled with carrot and cucumber, while the sambal is enjoyably sweet with a healthy heat developing in the finish.
For drinks, T has the Kopi ($4.20), a Malaysian style coffee. The milk and sweetness of the coffee masks any bitter notes in the coffee. I’d have preferred a richer coffee flavour.
I try the Pappa Cham ($4.20), a coffee and milk tea. While I could taste a fragrant milk tea, I could not detect any hint of coffee. Perhaps they forgot?
And N goes for their Red Bean ($4.90) with ice blended red bean and more red bean paste. We’re surprised that we had to mix the soy milk with the red bean ourselves as the menu showed a pre-blended drink. Nonetheless, N enjoyed the mellow red bean flavour but not the prominent soy milk flavour in the finish.
Coffee and tea aren’t an option for the caffeine-sensitive at dinner, so this is the Coconut Paradise ($7.50). The flavour comes through as coconut milk, although it’s pleasantly mellow in the background with the sweeter flavours of young coconut flesh and juice coming through more prominently. We’re convinced they must use real young coconut given the price.
And finally, this is the Lychee Grass Jelly ($5.90). I’d been curious about this for a long time, but opted for other drinks as the picture in the menu showed crushed ice without a proper desscription. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it’s a lychee blended ice, like a slushie. The grass jelly and the fruit added delicious pops of texture and flavour, but what surprised us most pleasantly was the change in flavour from the lime juice.
The interior of the different stores is also much the same, with Macquarie Park (above) being brighter with white walls and white stone tabletops. Consistency is important and PappaRich delivers on flavour, portion sizes, customer service and decor.
PappaRich is located at 5/185 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007 and Level 3 Upper, Macquarie Shopping Centre, Cnr of Herring Rd & Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113.