Thursday night was a bit of an adventure. John and I had tickets to the theatre and I was going to pick him up from work beforehand to go out for dinner.
When i got to my car after work I noticed the back tyre looked a little flat. Sure enough, I had a completely flat tyre so I wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry because I don’t actually remember how to change a car tyre, despite this having happened to me multiple times.
After having placed a call to the RAC, and feeling quite deflated at the thought of waiting up to 40 minutes before someone arrived, I decided to ask a group of guys standing outside on a smoke break. Thankfully, a kind older gentleman volunteered his services, along with another man, and soon we were well on our way to having a working car again.
After that little adventure for the night John and I made it into Northbridge, picked up our tickets, and found ourselves seated inside one of the most charming restaurants the suburb has to offer — Pappa Rich.
John had been here on one occasion before, but this was my first time. I quickly realised that this place was extremely popular — the queue rope barriers outside was a bit of a giveaway. Thankfully there was no queue when we arrived, as we only had a little while before the show started as a result of my car incident.
Pappa Rich has a charming European interior with wood panelling, lamp posts and a sweet green, black and white colour scheme. It is a Malaysian restaurant and features a range of curries, rice and noodle dishes, and more bubble tea and roti variations than I knew existed.Ordering here is almost something of a novelty. Each table has a list of paper to write down your order on and when you’re ready you simply press the doorbell like device on your table and a waiter will come and collect it.
I love this idea for two reasons:
1. When I’m dining out I will so often order something but ask for it to be without cheese or with soy milk or to have something on the side. Why? because I’m lactose intolerant and I suppose just fussy. This way I can make sure the kitchen receives my order correctly without being an unnecessary annoyance to the waiter.
2. I can take as long as I want to decide what to eat without feeling like I’m constantly sending the waiter away because I haven’t looked at the menu yet or can’t make up my mind.For drinks I ordered a coconut ice drink which looked beautiful simply because of how white it was. It came with bits of coconut flesh and topped with a mint leaf. It was delicious and so refreshing.
For dinner I ordered the roti telur with chicken curry while John also ordered the roti telur but with beef rendang. Roti telur is basically roti bread folded over a cooked egg. I had never eaten roti this way and it was delicious, The egg added a wonderful flavour but still kept the roti nice and simple for lapping up the curry.The meals were served with two accompanying sauces. The red sauce (I don’t know what it actually was) was far too hot for either of us and after one taste, and a desperate attempt to soothe my tastebuds with some coconut ice I decided to give that one a miss the rest of the night.
John’s beef had more heat than my chicken curry, which was lovely and mild. We both really enjoyed our meals and although they look small, as it’s only meat and roti (two large pieces), we were very full. If you’ve never been to Pappa Rich and enjoy Asian cuisine then I would highly recommend a visit to this place. The atmosphere is charming, there’s plenty of options on the menu and the food is flavoursome.
101 James Street, Northbridge
Open 10.30am- 9-30.pm Sunday to Thursday and until 10.30pm Friday and Saturday.