On the weekend that Papparich first opened, my friend and I were planning to head there or more so to “try our luck” to see whether we could get a table for lunch on the Sunday. Unfortunately as predicted the queue was extremely long! We were famished by the time we arrived in Northbridge and did not feel like waiting around. So we decided to head to Northbridge Brewing Company (NBC) instead to try our chances. NBC was packed out as well but fortunately we spied an empty table in the middle of bar, though we abandoned that to check out the floor above. There are a lot more space upstairs!
The stint upstairs did not last long though as we could get anyone to serve us! I was not sure what the procedure is with the patrons sitting upstairs? I found out later that orders have to be placed downstairs before heading up. A slight inconvenience! Anyhow whilst sitting on the ledge upstairs looking over the courtyard, I spied one empty table downstairs, boom I rushed there. Table secured! Yes! The ambiance was definitely better downstairs, there was a lovely buzz as the place was packed. I loved sitting outside overlooking the green open space that is the Northbridge Piazza!
We ordered the James Squire Orchard Crush Apple and Pear Cider each to quench our thirst at $8.80 a pop. Loved it! Very refreshing!
Jazzed up bar food are found at NBC – there are pizza, burgers and sandwiches, pasta, steak, a few selection to choose from. We ordered some snacks, a little burger each and sides for our lunch.
- Fish Croquettes ($9) – creamy cheese sauce, panko crumb, fried
Quite a few croquettes turned up on the board! 6 altogether! My friend thought there was not enough fish taste in there but I liked them. Love all food croquettes! Loved the creamy filling and the crunchy outercase. Yum!
- Calamari ($10) – Szechwan, citrus aioli
The Calamari had a Szechwan peppercorn in the batter which gave a numbing taste which I didn’t quite like. The Calamari itself though was soft. Liked the texture but not the batter. Good to have tried something different but not a winner in my books.
- Little Hog Hoagies ($8 each) – pulled pork, smokey bbq sauce, apple and anis slaw
We ordered a Hoagies each as I’m still into all things pulled pork! No sharing for this one :p The bun was crisp nicely but I found the filling to be slightly lacking in taste. Needed more punch in either the salad or the sauce. It was a good feed still nevertheless.
- House Chopped Salad ($6) – LTO, cucumber, avocado, lemon & feta
We order a salad to balance all the fried food we were eating and the salad was very good! Great combination with the avocado and feta which added a creaminess to the salad without overpowering it. Loved this!
And that was our lunch! Service was prompt despite the place being so busy which was a plus for me. I really liked the ambience of the place, relaxing but buzzing at the same time. Felt like it was the place to be! A nice plate to hang out with your mates over some drinks and snacks!