A colleague recommended PappaRich to us as “something like Old Town but much better and the branches in KL are always full” so we were intrigued by it. It just opened at E Gate, occupying the huge, corner lot, which is a little surprising as there are already a couple of upscale kopitiam style cafes there.

The interior of the shop is like an old style kopitiam meets Starbucks. It’s huge and airy with very sleek dark colored tables and chairs. It was quite packed on a Sunday noon and we were slightly apprehensive about service, especially given that it’s a new outlet which always seem to have teething problems; we were pleasantly proved wrong.

A menu came within minutes and the hardest part was making a choice as it seemed to stock nearly everything local, staying true to its tag line “Malaysian Delights”. I opted for the Dry Koay Teow with Chicken Curry and Andrea wanted to test how authentic its Assam Laksa is. Being huge fans of bread with kaya, we also ordered a set of Toasted Bread with Margarine and Kaya.

For drinks, we were a little stumped as some of items on the menu had no explanation, eg: Pappa Cham, Hainan Cham …?! A  waiter saw the look of confusion on our faces and kindly explained that the Pappa Cham was half coffee, half tea and a Hainam Cham was mostly tea with some coffee. We decided to add the Pappa Cham and Chendol Gula Melaka Soya Bean drink to our order.

To our surprise, food arrived at our table in record time and we eagerly dug into everything.

The Toasted Bread with Margarine and Kaya was disappointing to say the least. It was thick, crispy, toasted with margarine and a generous helping of kaya on the side but after biting into it, you could taste the staleness of the bread which was surprising given that there were dozens of loaves of bread at the bread station. It got even worse once the toast cooled down as it was too dry to finish (almost like microwaved bread).

The Chendol Gula Melaka Soya Bean drink was okay but the chendol was a little too mushy. Same went for the Pappa Cham, we were expecting it to have both the rich taste of strong coffee balanced with sweet tea but it was just so-so.

The Dry Koay Teow with Chicken Curry was nice with the thick and fragrant curry balanced with the lightness of koay teow. There were also soft, juicy chunks of chicken topped with some mint leaves and chilli slices.

Yes, I know it’s weird to order laksa at an upscale cafe that costs nearly 3 times more than the average hawker stall plus Penang is the home state of laksa but Andrea was insistent about giving the the Assam Laksa a try. A word of warning to those that can’t stand the taste of sardines: stay far away from this dish! Usually kembung fish are used to make the laksa soup but PappaRich uses sardines and the taste is strong and went quite well with its spicy and sour soup.

Would we go back again? The main dishes were nice for a quick bite but we didn’t have much luck with its snacks and drinks. Maybe next round, we’ll have better luck with the rest of the menu.

  1. Great images, thanks for sharing!

  2. Ivan says:

    The service for the PappaRich outlet was bad as I need to chase for my food for more than 3 times and I still can ‘t get all what I have order for….

    I still can’t get it why the next table which came later than 30 mins get their food first and not my…..really BAD SERVICE….

  3. adeline says:

    This paparich is ripe off!!! the place is filty as well. and not value for money.

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