Mamarich Cafe Malaysian Food
You’ve probably heard of Pappa Rich by now, it’s constantly bustling at its current location in the IMAX centre on Queen Street, with more branches planned for this year and next (May-Lee will be writing it up very soon) But have you heard of Mamarich? It’s tucked away in an office building on the corner of Greenlane West and Great South Road (opposite McDonald’s). I thought it was just a daytime cafe until I investigated and discovered it was a Malaysian restaurant masquerading as a cafe. And when I found out it was owned by the same people that own popular Selera in Newmarket, it jumped to the top of my list.
Mamarich has a basic cafe fit-out and little in the way of decor. It seems to cater to locals who have discovered it – mainly Asian people on the evening we visited. When we arrived at 6:30pm on a Saturday night, it was virtually empty, but it filled up shortly afterwards.
If you know the menu at Selera then the menu at Mamarich will look familiar. We were tempted to try one of the specials but opted to try the popular dishes: Char Kueh Tiaw ($14); Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang ($15.50); Curry Chicken with Roti Canai ($14) and Broccoli with Homemade sauce ($8). We ordered Steamed Pork Dumplings (12/$12) while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. Strangely Mamarich does not have large teapots so that we could sip tea during our meal, so we stuck with water.
We were told that the dumplings were homemade and they filled the gap until the main dishes arrived. Not on par with those from Mr Zhou but good nonetheless.
I love the smokey stir-fried rice noodles of Char Kueh Tiaw, especially those at Selera. At Mamarich it is a generously sized dish and we did not manage to clean the plate. The Beef Rendang in the Nasi Lemak was excellent – melt in the mouth tenderness with a good punch of five spice. A rich dish but addictive. We all enjoyed the Curry Chicken – tender boneless chicken pieces and potato in an almost soup-like sauce. A lovely balance of spice and coconut milk that had us dipping our spoons (and roti) in for more. The broccoli was our nod to fresh vegetables and did good service as such, although the flavour of the homemade sauce eluded me.
For those people living in the Greenlane area, then Mamarich offers you good Malaysian food in your neighbourhood.