A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published November 28th 2016
Interesting menu modern Asian cuisine
A friend of mine recommended Pachi Pachi at Victoria Park, a modern Asian restaurant with a variety of Asian dishes ranging from Malaysian, Japanese, Thai and Chinese. The restaurant is small and cosy with limited seating so make sure you make a booking on the weekend. I was told that Pachi Pachi was a casual café so I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived and discovered how nicely decorated it was, lending a warm and friendly ambience to the interior.
It was difficult to pick just one drink from the interesting beverage choices. There were hot and sweet choices like taro latte ($4) and matcha latte ($4) as well as ice & smoothies with interesting flavours such as lychee coconut smoothie ($6.50), mango matcha smoothie ($6.50) and taro frappe ($6.50).
Our dining party tried the taro latte which was smooth and sweet as well as the taro frappe which came with cream and a chocolate wafer. The mango matcha smoothie had a strong green tea flavour with just a tinge of mango and small mango pieces.
mango & matcha
We tried the Pachi Pachi tonkotsu ramen (ramen noodles with soft boiled egg, marinated bamboo shoots and choice of pork of chicken - $13.80) and Kao's secret recipe spicy ramen made with specially selected spices and sauces, served with fresh herbs and friend egg with a choice of char siew pork or chicken - $15).
The spicy ramen had an interesting soup base but the noodles tasted a bit like Korean spicy noodles. Also, the soup came with coriander which some people either love or hate (I'm not really a fan of coriander). Other oodles of noodles on their menu include mee goreng ($14), yaki udon with pork belly and fresh vegetables ($14), tamarind pad thai noodles ($14.50) and pachi style curry laksa (with pork/chicken for $13.80 or seafood for $18). Just the noodles section itself covered cuisine from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Thailand.
The owner of Pachi Pachi is Japanese, so they also have the traditional teriyaki selection – tofu ($10), chicken ($14), pork and ginger ($14) and salmon ($21). Their signature range dishes are good to share with a few friends. We didn't try it this time but were intrigued by the names of some of their dishes, for example, Angry Birds (crispy chicken drummettes work tossed with fiery chilli, garlic and fresh Asian herb blend accompanied by a side of refreshing Asian pickled salad - $19). You can choose the level of spiciness which is named after the game levels of stage 1, stage 2, boss level and game over.
There is also the Genghis Khan which is a Mongolian dish of marinated beef with roasted chillies and capsicum stir fried in house special sauce served on a sizzling hot plate - $18 and the Ikko-sama which is 170g of seared salmon, flaked and tossed with fresh aromatic herbs and Thai influenced citrus dressing and seasonal citrus fruit - $21.50.
Malaysian chicken curry
If you are a curry fan, there is a 'Keep Calm and Curry On' section with Japanese curry (beef - $13.50 and chicken cutlet $14.50), Thai chicken & eggplant green curry with rice ($15.50) or creamy Malaysian chicken & potato curry with rice ($14.50). I love how you can choose from different regions if you suddenly feel like a 'curry day'. The only thing missing is probably an Indian curry. We tried the Malaysian chicken curry which was indeed very creamy. It didn't taste like Malaysian curry but it was still delicious.
I felt that the wait staff was courteous and the food came out in a timely manner. The only thing that can be improved was the payment process – a surcharge was required if you paid by credit card. Pachi Pachi is located at 608 Albany Highway, Victoria Park and they are open 7 days a week from 11 am to 2pm and then from 5pm to 9pm.