Stating that it has been a successful opening in Chatswood is an understatement. The queues have been long and sometimes people have had to wait for up to 45 minutes to an hour to get a table.
So for my first venture to the Chatswood outlet, my friend CW and I decided to get there right smack at the opening time of 11.00 am on a Saturday. Even then, there were about 10 people ahead of me waiting for the doors to open. Goodness!!!
Joining us were CW's 2 daughters and 3 of her ex classmates from Malaysia. We were all hungry and definitely wanting to try out different dishes. Before I start describing the food, I think I should explain the food ordering system at PappaRich. There is a preprinted list of menu items on a block pad and we diners get the time to peruse the very extensive menu and note which ones we want and the number of plates for each dish ordered. When we are ready, we press the bell button which is located in the centre of the table. Someone will come around to pick up the order.
For drinks, I had the Barley with Grass Jelly. An interesting combination, one which I have not tried before and I quite liked it. The girls had the Mango Mania, it was quite a colourful looking drink.
For mains, we had:
Biryani Rice with Fried Chicken, Sambal Eggplant and Sambal Prawns
Biryani Rice with Red Chicken and Sambal Prawns
Dry Kuay Teow with Steamed Chicken
Crispy Egg Noodle
Pappa Char Kuay Teow
For desserts, we were feeling quite full so we decided to share 2 desserts among us.
Tau Foo Fa King with Melaka Sugar
Banana Fritters with Ice Cream
Verdict: There were some hits and some misses. Personally I enjoyed the Nasi Biryani dishes and the Crispy Egg Noodle was good too but it could have been accompanied with some pickled green chillies. I wasn't too keen on the Dry Kuay Teow dish and the Char Kuay Teow could have had more chilli to the mix and it lacked the wok hei that we Malaysians look for in this dish.
I found a prevalent taste of sweetness throughout most of the dishes, which is something I am not used to.
But yet this place is packed to the max, there are queues galore and most of the patrons are actually from Malaysia, Singapore and other SEA countries. The key to their popularity could be due to the reasonable prices, the extensive menu range and the food is I suppose good enough but not necessarily the best?
|The queue as we were leaving the restaurant|
63A Archer Street
Tel: +612 9422 3207
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