Pappa’s rich in flavour

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.20150723_171259

I don’t know what I should be doing with this.

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.20150723_182459Ordering 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.20150723_181549For 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.

John had a mango drink that came with lychees and watermelon balls. It also looked amazing but i found it slightly too sweet.20150723_182922

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.20150723_183551The 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. IMG_20150723_183643If 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.

Pappa Rich

101 James Street, Northbridge

Open 10.30am- Sunday to Thursday and until 10.30pm Friday and Saturday.

Whisk it good

DSCF2538 (1)A review of Whisk Creamery

Like just about any new place I discover I found out about this little gelato gemstone in Subiaco on Instagram.

While their cronuts are particularly visually enticing, it was the new and quirky that prompted my visit. I was here to sample the mysterious looking black sesame gelato.

Served on a waffle cone the extremely creamy gelato was piped high and looked picture perfect – hence the photo.

I didn’t really know what I expected it to taste like. The only thing I really recognise about sesame seeds is their crunch, but as this was an ice cream I knew I wouldn’t be experiencing that again.

The gelato was sweet but not sickly, the texture was incredibly smooth and the whole ice cream was extremely easy to eat so it didn’t take long to devour mine. It was one of the most refreshing ice cream experiences I think I’ve ever had. DSCF2547 Of course Whisk Creamery is also a bit of a whiz when it comes to other desserts. Their cronuts are also quite experimental, served with toppings such as caramel popcorn pieces, fairy floss and lightly burnt marshmallows.

Choosing just one thing to sample on the menu is hard, so taking a friend and trying a couple of things together might be a good idea.

Caramel popcorn cronut
The Cremino

The cronuts are filled with a generous serving of gelato in the middle, dolloped with cream before being drizzled with sauce and topped with another sugary garnish. DSCF2556

Salted caramel cronut
Salted caramel cronut

The salted caramel cronut appears to be the most popular cronut on the menu, several customers ordered it in the short time i was visiting.

This place is clearly popular but the staff are efficient. There are only a few tables inside and the atmosphere is quirky and cosy with a giant blackboard taking up one wall.

Their famous gelato is seems to be the biggest seller, with most people taking it on the go as they explore the charming surrounds of Subiaco. Rocky BBQ and a salted caramel cronut delichouxDSCF2534 DSCF2570

Whisk Creamery:

151 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, 6008

Open: Monday – Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday 8am-6pm

For more enticing photos check out @whiskcreamery on Instagram.