This is going to be a historical post since the two Old Town Kopitiam restaurants in Melbourne have now closed. Their China Town location is now a Hong Kong/Taiwanese Dessert House, and their QV location is now a PappaRich store. I believe PappaRich is a cafe/restaurant offshoot of PappaRoti, and they are also opening a store in Chadstone.
I wasn’t too fond of Old Town Kopitiam, I found the food to be a little lacking and average, but their drinks menu was quite interesting. I can see why these two stores have closed though, even the appeal of Mamak food in the QV store wasn’t enough to interest most people.
Most of the food was expensive for the serving size, I did enjoy their Char Koay Kak. I must say, it probably was one of the best dishes on the menu, and you couldn’t really find it anywhere else. The rest of the menu, apart from their Nasi Kandar was bland and at times strange.
For example, their Curry Laksa (Pictured above) was so strange and unpleasant to eat. The curry soup base had a really odd taste to it, it’s slightly spicy but there is no creaminess or much flavour to it.
For added taste they add in curry leaves, by the bucketload! Eating their food actually takes effort.
I know this may sound like a whining blog post, but on most occasions the above experiences was really what it was like eating there. There were a few plus sides as mentioned above, but overall is really was a disappointing Malaysian eatery. I haven’t tried PappaRich yet, but every time I want to go eat there, it’s full!
Old Town Kopitiam (Now PappaRich)
210 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
- Green Tea Buns (Rotiboy style)
- Black Sesame Pudding
- Rose Chiffon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
- Coconut Almond Macaroons
- Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
- Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts
- Pandan Crepes with Coconut & Glutinous Rice (Kuih Dadar)
- Chocolate Mousse
- Almond Cookies
- Peanut Cookies