Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pappa Rich, Glen Waverley by Bureaucrat

Relishing a day off work, I had an opportunity to have lunch with Mother Hen and Mr Strong.  I can't remember what we were doing, but we needed to have lunch early before going somewhere else.

While I'm not as keen on dining in the Kingsway area in Glen Waverley as I used to be (it's too busy and hard to find a park without getting some degree of road rage), as it was early, I figured we could park, dine and leave before the inevitable lunchtime crush.

For something a little different, we went to Pappa Rich.  I've only ever been once to Pappa Rich - and that was the one in QV over a year ago (see Big Fil's review in Dec 2012).  However, both Mother Hen and Mr Strong have made almost a ritual in going to the Pappa Rich out in Chadstone Shopping Centre.  None of us had been to the one in Glen Waverley.

I have to say, I do like the Colonial style charm of the whole set up and what appears to be a benevolent Pappa Rich smiling at you with a cup of coffee in his hand.  

Ensconced in our booth, Mr Strong got the char kwai teoh.  Reasonable wok hei, and I liked the presence of the egg all tangled up in the noodles.  There also appeared to be a reasonable amount of prawns and fish cake. 

Mother Hen got the Hainanese chicken rice...

...which came with the soup and condiments.  I liked how the chicken came with a serve of beanshoots.

I got the Ipoh Koay Teow - rice noodles in a chicken and prawn head broth...

...served with a side of steamed chicken.  The slippery rice noodles were slurpworthy yumminess in its very chicken-y and very prawn-y broth.  There was something very comforting about the noodles and broth.  I could have easily eaten it on its own.  However, there was a nice plate of tender, silky, de-boned chicken to go with it.  I reckon this is a great alternative to Hainanese chicken.

Food - 7.5
Ambiance - 8
Service - 7
Price - 7

For me, Pappa Rich is a safe bet.  As it's a chain, you know what you're getting each time.  And the food here is reasonable but if you're wanting something less formulaic, you'll need to go elsewhere.  If you want cheaper, bigger serves and more homestyle Malaysian, then go two doors down to Straits of Malacca.  Or, you can go to my perennial favourite, Danny's Kopitiam, which is a one minute drive away from the Kingsway area.  It's a bit more pricier but excellent quality every time.  Although, annoyingly, it's closed on Sunday nights, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Pappa Rich
92-94 Kingsway 
Glen Waverley 3150
Telephone: 9560 0968

PappaRich Glen Waverley on Urbanspoon


obelix glutt said...

The roti are freshly made here which is always a plus

The InTolerant Chef ™ said...

We've just had a Papa Rich open here in Canberra. I really loved it and it tasted just the same as the food we ate in Singapore. Next week I'm trying their congee to see if it's as good as mine, maybe I'll get some hints :)

Bureaucrat said...

Hi Chef!
It's good to know that Pappa Rich has opened up in Canberra. I sometimes travel to Canberra for work, and it's good to know that I can go there when I'm craving a Malaysian noodle fix!!

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