BUNS ON THE RUN
COFFEE AND SOME DISTINCTLY UNIQUE SNACKS ARE MAKING THIS MODEST CBD CAFE AN ESSENTIAL FUEL STOP FOR ALL AGES
If you had gorgeous buns, you’d want to show them off, right? Well it’s no different at Papparoti, a tiny cafe where fluffy Malaysian buns, a popular street snack in their homeland, have become a delicacy.
The fresh signature bun, warm from the oven, known as sweet and savoury, is faintly crisp on the outside and iced with a light creamy coating, which caramelises on baking.
Break open the slightly sweetened bread and melted butter oozes out.
Taken with a cup of excellent coffee, it’s a perfect mid-morning nibble or afternoon pickme-up.
Of course, some of us can’t just leave it there. You can choose from myriad toppings including white chocolate and condensed milk, to name a couple, but most customers seem to like them just as they are.
You’ll see suited up businessmen and women, teenagers and mums with toddlers all popping in for a few buns. Others pull up a chair at the brolly-shaded pavement tables.
And why not, when a coffee and bun sets you back a mere $6.70 (more for decaff and other milk options).
The shop itself is tiny with just three tablesfor-two inside, where you can see the kitchen servery and grab a daily newspaper.
If you’re up for breakfast or afternoon tea, there are some pretty “out there” options on offer.
Consider Malaysian coffee with Milo; a pancake burger (yes, that’s right) with cheese and potato chips; beef rendang or garlic prawns on a crepe or waffle; a tiramisu pancake with brownie bits; or how about toasted banana bread with peanut butter and honey? The drinks list is equally creative. Kit Kat, Twix or Oreo shakes, a taro red bean latte or durian latte give you some idea of the scope for imagination here.
Of course, there are more conventional beverages too.
Verdict: No one said you’ll lose weight here, but it’s likely you’ll enjoy the indulgence.