(Melbourne) PappaRich QV

PappaRich QV

PappaRich is a Malaysian restaurant located in QV (which is in the heart of the city) and is one of those places that I return to when I’m out of ideas as to where to eat, or when I just long for some comfort food. The restaurant is especially crowded during dinner time, and there will be a queue outside of PappaRich even though there are relatively plenty of seats in the restaurant already. From time to time, I would just come here and order a take-away when I’m too lazy or tired to cook, which is really convenient. The restaurant also opens everyday and operates until as late as 11pm or 12.30am, so customers don’t have to worry too much about closing hours. Even though I’ve been to PappaRich several times, there are just so many items on the menu that I don’t even have the chance to try them all!


 – General Review –

  •  Service: 7/10

PappaRich’s service was decent every time I visited, but were usually better when the restaurant wasn’t very crowded. What I really like about this place is that the food comes out quickly, and it’s easy to order takeaways too. There are also plenty of options you can choose from the menu, and they are even divided into several categories including “breakfast”, “noodles”, “rice” etc. The ordering system in this restaurant is different as well, where every table is equipped with a “service button” that customers use after they’re done writing what they want to order on a list. The staff normally teach new customers how to use them.

  • Servicescape: 6.8/10

There are plenty of seats available in PappaRich, mostly indoors and some outdoors. Since it is usually packed with customers, the restaurant is usually noisy and can get quite cramped. It’s not exactly a place you’d want to stay and chat with people for long, unless you’ve managed to acquire one of the nicer seats. There isn’t really a proper “waiting area” for customers who ordered takeaways and I had to keep moving around several times because I was in the staffs’ way, so I hope the restaurant does something about that.

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  • Non-smoking area: Yes, there are plenty of seats indoors that are non-smoking, and several outdoor seats available too.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, although quite limited compared to the number of dishes it offers. However, vegetarian dim sum dishes are available too!
  • Price range: $ (AU$8 – $15 for most main dishes.) Beverage, snacks and dessert prices are around $3.50 – $9 each.

Overall Rating: 7/10


 – Food Experience –

1) Jasmine Rice w/ Curry Chicken & Sambal Prawns:

This is my favorite dish from PappaRich so far. I really love the curry chicken – the curry was tasty and the meat was tender, although it’s also quite fatty, especially with the chicken skin. I love to eat the meat together with the jasmine rice and ‘cracker’ (which we call “kerupuk” in Indonesian). However, the prawns were not spicy even though they should be (hence “sambal prawns”). The portion was also just right, enough to make one full. Absolutely satisfying!

R15. Jasmine Rice w/ Curry Chicken & Sambal Prawns ($12.50)

R15. Jasmine Rice w/ Curry Chicken & Sambal Prawns ($12.50)

2) Nasi Lemak w/ Curry Chicken:

This dish is quite similar with the previous, although slightly different in several ways – the Nasi Lemak comes with groundnuts, anchovies, and boiled egg. It also doesn’t come with the kerupuk, but is still a great dish anyway.

R07. Nasi Lemak w/ Curry Chicken ($12.50)

R07. Nasi Lemak w/ Curry Chicken ($12.50)

3) Dry Curry Egg Noodle w/ Steamed Chicken:

The chicken meat was tender and they are usually not dry, even though it depends on which part of the chicken you get (this time round, it was the chicken breast so it was a little dry. Usually when you get the chicken thighs they’re not dry at all.) The dish also came with curry sauce for dipping either the noodles or chicken (up to you!) The noodles are thin and aren’t dry because, well, look at the amount of sauce. A pretty good dish too, overall.

N11. Dry Curry Egg Noodle w/ Steamed Chicken ($11.90)

N11. Dry Curry Egg Noodle w/ Steamed Chicken ($11.90)

4) Pappa Cham (Hot):

I was disappointed with this drink. I could’t even taste the coffee or the tea, but the drink was too sweet, milky and rich. The portion was quite small and it felt like a rip-off.

PS02. Pappa Cham - Hot ($3.70)

PS02. Pappa Cham – Hot ($3.70)

Location: Level 2, Shop 11, QV Square, QV Building, Melbourne – VIC, Australia (3000)

Contact number: +61 3 9654 2682

Website: PappaRich

Posted by: V

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