Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kopitiam Done Right - Pappa Rich @ Aman Puri, Kepong

Updated: 31st Dec '09, Please check out my post on Pappa Rich Bandar Sri Damansara.

I am impressed at the offerings of Pappa Rich Kopitiam. This Aman Puri corner-lot branch was opened 2 months ago and its still packed. A nicely constructed sweeping staircase with wrought iron railings brings any overflow from the front of the shop into the 1st floor. Thoughtfully custom built with the customers in mind! Besides the good design they manage also to capture the essence and the true spirit of the kopitiam of yesteryears. Rich beverages. Flavourful and quality food. Fresh as can be servings. But most of all, attentive waiting staff. Food is prepared from two good-sized open and one closed kitchens. Bread was toasted on a stainless grill over charcoal embers. There is also a huge oven. Another section is the steamer where bread and vegetarian dim sum are prepared. The other open kitchen housed the beverages dept. Noodles and other food I believed are prepared from the closed kitchen.

With all these high points be prepared for some downsides. Customers have to pay for the good quality menu by having smaller portions. The meal is also costlier due to better ambiance, interior and better than the usual kopitiam's furniture and fittings.

However, the coup de grace may be its integrated design from the operational area to the floor giving it a relax and aesthetically pleasing feel of a higher-end kopitiam. The management has a good thing coming and I hope they will maintain the momentum and will not compromised on service and quality.

Go for a cuppa and enjoy!

Steamed buns with kaya and butter. Good quality but was stingy with the kaya and butter portions. RM3.80. All prices 5% service charge. No Gov tax.
Nasi Lemak. Egg was done right. White was firm and broke easily to the bite. The yolk was soft and again - firm. The drumstick was flavourful and the curry and spices shone through! Very good curry. Good peanuts. Crunchy and lightly salted anchovies. A big plus as I have to endure many a salty ones. The fragrant rice, nasi, was done just right, fluffy and all. Downside - small portions in the chicken and rice. The sambal is slightly burnt but I can attest to their claims that is was not too spicy. It was also not sweetened:-) I disliked those sugared sambal. RM8.90.
Fried Rice. The chicken wing had a crispy skin and taste good. Again the sambal which will go very well with the rice if not for the slight burnt smell. RM8.90.
The Open Kitchen. Modern, thoughtful, spacious, steam wafting, cups kept hot for that nostalgic cup of hot beverage.
Cham. I eschewed coffee but indulged in this for old time's sake. Rich quality. Slightly salted coffee to remove the bitter edge. One of the better coffee/tea concoction. RM2.80.
Very good Iced Cappucino. Did not stinge on its ingredients but be prepared to pay for it. RM6.50.
Pappa Rich Koptiam has 18 outlets and counting.

Address of Aman Puri outlet:

No. 3-1A, Block 3,
Jalan D2/2,
Desa Aman Puri Kepong,
52100 Kuala Lumpur.

21 comments:

hApPy HaPpY said...

There is also one in Sri Rampai, Setapak. My kids have been pestering to visit the outlet, & I always joke with them saying that after coming out of PappaRich, Daddy becomes PappaPoor....will take them there soon.

Life for Beginners said...

I'm with you on this; I much prefer Pappa Rich to other franchise kopitiams... more variety for one, and generally better quality of food (though one mustn't expect the heavens for the price).

Extreme Power said...

Looks nice fren... yummy..

Little Inbox said...

Per your description, the nasi lemak is really impressive. Normally found the peanuts are not perfectly roasted, and the anchovies are either too salty or not crunchy.

But why the fried rice doesn't really looks like being fried before.

Big Boys Oven said...

I am not sure if I am right, I just find them a bit highter in price! hmmm....

backStreetGluttons said...

We believe they are tops at the moment, quick attentive staff who knows what they are talking about, unlike a few times in old town white coffee where the Burmese look lost and fumbling, with the Head waiter not much better ...

papa has a rich menu

Anonymous said...

Love the curry sauce. Instead of having your toast with kaya and butter, try it with the curry sauce instead.

I need the recipe for the curry sauce. Anybody know?

CUMI & CIKI said...

we find the food here so-so..

worldwindows said...

HH... Yeah its our responsibilities to give them good memories like what we have from our parents:-)

LfB... Chain stores can be inconsistent. Hope this will hold.

EP... Agreed!

LI... Looks like no dark/thick soy sauces were used!

BBO... This is a sad accepted fact. Good food come pricey!

BSG... I like the phrase, "the are tops for the moment".

Anon... Hmmm.. another innovative Malaysian.

CampC... Accepted.

Lingzie said...

i've been to pappa rich once (the one in taipan i think..i also not sure cos my friend brought me there! lol)
at first i was like, why are we eating at a kopitiam style place?? the food can eat meh?
but i was quite pleased with the food. i had the nasi lemak which was pretty good. my friend adores the curry laksa. oh and i loved their milo dinosaur (not sure if thats the exact name..but its a huge glass of milo ais KAO!) :)

boo_licious said...

We went to one Pappa Rich recently too - overall verdict, very comfy chairs vs Ipoh Oldtown, very pleasant service vs Ipoh Oldtown. To compare, we had the kuey teow soup, while the kuey teow noodles is not as smooth compared to Oldtown's, must admit they served bigger portions. Steamed chicken was so so - as they definitely used frozen chicken.

worldwindows said...

Lingzie... I must try their Laksa....

Masak2... I rate Oldtown Kueh Teow Chicken Soup highly too.

foodbin said...

plus point they open at 8.30 am.

worldwindows said...

8:30am? Did not check opening time. That's great news.

mimid3vils said...

Heard that their service not so good especially when lunch time =.=''

Genz said...

Hello , does anyone know how to get a Pappa Rich Franchise ? I'm interested in this Business . Thanks.

worldwindows said...

MD... Hopefully the attitude is good under pressure.

Genz... Go to this address and check their licensing. http://www.pappakopitiam.com.my/default.asp?contentID=535

jason said...

I think while the food @ Paparich were quite normal, their drinks are not bad. I like their soya milk with cincau, cendol and gula melaka. :)

worldwindows said...

Jason... Still a lot of the menu to try and your comment on drinks sync with others.

ai wei said...

sounds like a good place for a cuppa. and better than many others. will pay a visit!!!~

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