The buzz at 116 Gouger St, Adelaide at the moment is Papparich. Yes, the line up at for now is long and if you arrive in large groups you will wait longer than diners in pairs. The new franchise in town is making a statement and people are curious. The staff were all friendly and professional. Despite the large crowd the lovely staff member organised everyone in a well managed system and even after an hour in line she still remembered our name!

Although the extensive menu isn't designed for sharing, being first-timers we just had to try as many dishes as we could. The ordering process is a little different than what you have seen in any restaurant in Adelaide. A note pad is provided where you write down the allocated number of each dish/drink and the quantity then press the buzzer located on the cutlery board where waiting staff come to your table to take your written order. Interesting concept - our thoughts are this minimises conversation between the customer and staff. The dishes came out promptly but not in the order on our list. This wasn't an issue but it did confuse us as to which dishes we were eating. 

The first dishes to arrive were the N04 Pappa Char Koay Teow - Wok fried flat noodles with prawns, egg, bean sprouts and chives, C11 Roti Canal with Beef Randang and C02 Roti Canal with Curry Chicken. The noodle dish was a bit dry and we found the prawns were not freshly cooked rather a taste of being precooked. The overall flavours were tasty. The Roti with chicken curry was delicious as it was tender and flavoursome. The Roti itself was soft and the spicy sauce served on the side complimented it well. The Beef Randang was also well cooked and flavoursome but the chicken won us over. 

The next two dishes to fill our already overflowing table of food was RO5 Pappa Special Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal Prawn and ST02 Satay Chicken skewers. The curry chicken on the Nasie Lemak plate was exactly the same as the ones served with the Roti. The sambal prawns had a nice flavour and weren't too spicy but again tasted like they had been precooked. The fried anchovies and roasted peanuts gave a nice crunch when mixing them in with the prawns and rice. Unfortunately no-one at the table was impressed with the Satay Chicken. The chicken was too dry and the sauce lacked that typical sweet peanut flavour. 

The final two dishes were D05 Prawn Dumplings and R10 Biryani Rice with Red Chicken and Sambal Eggplant. The dumplings were presented with a spicy garlic sauce which gave it a different twist to the Chinese way of serving them. The Biryani Rice was well cooked and most of the group loved it. The Red Chicken, although very tender, was underwhelming in flavours for our palates. The eggplant was tasty and cooked well enough to still have a slight crunch with the natural sweet flavours still evident.

The drinks we ordered were the PS10 Lychee Soda, MF04 Red Bean, MF19 Teh Tarik (Milk Tea) and the MF20 Kopi (Coffee). Everyone at the table was curious to try each others drinks and Papparich has a large range of traditional Malaysian drinks to choose from. All the drinks had a common flavour of sweetness especially the Lychee Soda but this didn't spoil the taste as we enjoyed them all. The Kopi was similar to Vietnamese coffee with the added condensed milk balancing the sweetness. This drink was a favourite in the group and some ordered seconds!

Despite all the food we ordered we couldn't leave without ordering dessert. We ordered two dishes to share and they were the C15 Roti Banana and Vanilla Ice-Cream and the C06 Roti Bom. The Roti Bom was served with sugar and condensed milk for dipping which made it easy for everyone to level the sweetness to their own liking. The standout dessert for us was the Roti Banana. The hot banana was wrapped inside the roti and the vanilla ice-cream melted all over it. What a  sweet delight!

Overall Papparich was a pleasant experience but with hits and misses. We found the service quick and friendly, the atmosphere buzzing, some dishes great and others average. Was it worth the wait? Maybe not for an hour but it's definitely worth trying this place to see what all the fuss is about.

(P) Palatable


Ordering pad and buzzer.
N04 Pappa Char Koay Teow - Wok fried flat noodles, prawns, egg, bean sprouts and chives.

C02 Roti Canal with Curry Chicken.

C11 Roti Canal with Beef Randang.

R05 Pappa Special Nasi Lemak with Curry Chicken and Sambal Prawn.

ST02 Satay Chicken.

R10 Biryani Rice with Red Chicken and Eggplant Sambal.

D05 Prawn Dumplings.

MF 19 Tek Tarik (Milk Tea).

MF20 Kopi (Coffee).

M04 Red Bean.

PS10 Lychee Soda.
C06 Roti Bom.

C15 Roti Banana with Vanilla Ice-Cream.

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