Life & Rants – Pappa Rich @ De Garden, IpohMarch 2, 2010 | 8,674 views
It’s midweek, and I bet most would be having the midweek blues by now. I sure am having them, for I did not touch my work for a good 2 weeks throughout the entire Chinese New Year season. And can’t really remember how long has it been since I worked a full FIVE days in one week. To top things off, today our job had us working overtime, going through the mundane routines once again.
Laughter and Cheers @ Pappa Rich, De Garden, Ipoh
I previously wrote a snippet on the new Pappa Rich outlet in Ipoh, the first outside of Klang Valley to be exact. If you had noticed, I never even touched on the other famous kopitiam (which has since dropped the Kopitiam moniker, retaining the Old Town White Coffee signatures only), nor any other kopitiam-style of outlets to be exact. Not to say that I DON’T go to these places for a drink, in fact I frequent them more than the barrage of street foods I commonly write about.
Fragrant & crispy coffee-crusted bun toasted to perfection, with velvety rich butter fillings ….Pappa Bun (aka Mexico Bun) (RM2.80)
And the epitome of all things chocolatey …. Milo Dinosaur @ Pappa Rich (RM4.80)
But the disappointing qualities of the food served at these outlets, coupled with the double-fold prices just do not cut it. I am not generalizing here, for I believe there has to be some good kopitiam somewhere, serving delicious (or at least, a plate of passable curry mee, or nasi lemak). But until now, I have yet to discover the holy grail, so to speak.
Crowded almost round the clock, Pappa Rich is garnering the much-deserved limelight in Ipoh, faster than one can expect
But still, there are many who still frequent the Old Town White Coffee outlets for the sake of convenience, for they open from morning until late night, on a daily basis, provides free wifi connection, and charges flat rate for their drinks and beverages – come rain or shine, festive season or not. And you can’t deny the fact that a serving of coffee at the upmarket Starbucks or Coffee Bean can buy you about 3 cups of Ipoh’s most delightful white coffee at Old Town’s.
And the onslaught of kopitiams opening lefts and rights redefine the coffee-drinking culture of not only the youths, but the older generations as well.
Then Pappa Rich arrived at the scene. I was being the usual skeptical self, wondering what’s the fuss about this new kopitiam, with a tagline boasting of “Malaysian Traditional Delights” and doing brisk business at the outlet I went to. That was the one in Taipan USJ, if I’m not mistaken. And then it hit me. In more ways than one. The price of the food and drinks was slightly of premium stature, about 40% or so more than its closest competitor, the Old Town outlets. Okay …. but then, the toasts and the drinks managed to impress me, for I felt that at Pappa Rich, you REALLY do get what you pay for.
Okay, maybe not ALL, but I had taken a liking to their signature Pappa Bun, (or Mexico Bun, or even Rotiboy …. what? Too young to get caught up in the hype that was?), the myriad of funky drinks combining soy milk, cendol, gula melaka, and cincau.
The Roti Bakar (Toasted Bread) and Roti Stim (Steamed Bread) with Kaya & Butter, and the beverages at Pappa Rich.
Not one to be outdone with the usual measly, thinly-sliced toasts, Pappa Rich serves THICK toast with REAL butter and smooth kaya. Those Benggali loaves (or whatever you call them) from the olden days take precedent here, an obvious thumbs up from J2Kfm, for I never like my bread to be resembling the generic Gardenia or Hi-5 anyway. I can toast them myself at home, thank you very much.
I have yet to taste the savoury options, from noodles to rice and chicken chops, as well as dim sum (!) and the usual snacks. Yes, all the items are priced higher than what you usually expect from a kopitiam, but if they don’t charge premium rates, how can Pappa be RICH?
I am so cliche. Shoot me.
Four lots facing possibly Ipoh’s most used road – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah heading to the highway. And Jusco Kinta City’s a stone’s throw away. Fail-proof strategy?
Don’t get me wrong. I was not paid for this post. Nor I have anything against Old Town White Coffee. I am still deeply in love with Old Town’s Mee Siam – Not so much for the beehoon, but more for the fantastic sambal. A must-try, for the Breakfast Set that comes with a plate of Mee Siam and a cup of coffee/tea is priced at only RM3.90; extra RM1 if you want your beverage with milk.
But to be comparing both franchises head to head, my vote goes to Pappa Rich for the toasts and beverages (and the MILO DINOSAUR!), but Old Town for the successful branding, cheaper prices, and lifting the image of Ipoh’s old town to an elevated status.
Come to think of it, do YOU know which was the FIRST Old Town White Coffee outlet? And no, it’s NOT even in old town of Ipoh. Surprise, surprise.
This 32nd Pappa Rich outlet in Malaysia is situated at :
Pappa Rich @ De Garden
G-R-11 – G-R-13A, No. 3
Persiaran Medan Ipoh, Medan Ipoh
31400 Ipoh, Perak
Tel & Fax +605 545 2266
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Pappa Rich @ De Garden, Ipoh