The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Malaysian @ PappaRich (QV), Melbourne

One of the foodie things I was looking forward to during our trip to Australia was eating lots of good Malaysian food. Hong Kong is great in general for dining opportunities, but one thing HK lacks is the availability of good Malaysian restaurants. On our second day in Melbourne, we were supposed to meet up with my cousins and their spouses at a café in the QV for Sunday brunch, but said café wasn't open for business that day. We had nothing to worry because my cousins had a back-up plan, and we traipsed over to the newly opened PappaRich - which was fitting for our group as my cousins and I are Malaysian-born. PappaRich is a Malaysian restaurant franchise that already has 50 outlets in Malaysia, and this restaurant at the QV is the first international franchise. We got there just before the lunch rush, but the restaurant was already filled to the brim (and it's not small).

PappaRich at the QV:

The kitchens adjacent near the entrance. One kitchen space for show, with three stations: toast (out of frame to the left), satay grill and roti workspace. Another kitchen out the back where everything else gets prepared:

The roti guy working the prata:

The restaurant space is quite nice, and waitstaff were pleasant enough, but I found the service to be a little patchy. Cousin D's boiled egg took ages to arrive, long after his toast had grown cold. The kitchen had run out of barley so we couldn't get our barley drinks. However the food was delicious which made up for the patchy service. The menu was quite extensive with so much to choose from, but it didn't take us long to choose a rice dish, a noodle plate and a roti dish.

The boy chose fried rice, Nasi Goreng, with fried egg and fried chicken. Tasty with a decent smattering of mixed vegetables:

Hubby went for one of his favourite Malaysian noodles, Char Kuey Teow. It came with see-ham (cockles)! The char kuey teow was a tasty winner:

I ordered the Roti Prata with curry, and the two roti came served with dal, chicken curry and sweet chutney. The handmade prata was just like the ones in Malaysia:

Cousin J ordered a large plate of Satay to share, and it was yummy! The beef one was tastier than the chicken, which is strange coming from someone who usually prefers white meat over red:

This was a yummy lunch, and it was fantastic catching up with my cousins who I haven't seen in years! (And it was lovely meeting cousin D's bride-to-be.)

The queue for PappaRich after we left the restaurant:

PappaRich QV
Level 2, shop 11
QV Square
210 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9654 2682

PappaRich Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Dear Expat Gourmand,

    Looks like you had your Malaysian fix. The CKT looks pretty good although the satay looks a little dry. I haven't even heard of PappaRich before this.

  2. Yeah, neither had I. It was pretty good Malaysian food, and it looks like PappaRich will take off in Australia (at least where there are lots of Malaysian people)!

  3. Pappa rich is quite popular here in Malaysia.. :) :)
    So good to hear that they have expanded to Melbourne!

  4. Hi Meiyi, thanks for your comment. I hope they will expand to other countries like Japan and HK where good Malaysian food is hard to find.