I met the two awesome owners of Papero Restaurant; Mr Ahmad Alaam Ghadri and Mr Ghaith AlJobbeh. Both are from Syria.
Interesting duo: Mr Ahmad has 15 years of travelling experience around the world. South East Asia is like his second home.
Meanwhile Mr Ghaith spoke to me about the passion behind this restaurant, the secret sauce recipes and their handmade pizzas. Such enthusiasm and fiery passion!
As one would have known from their facebook page, they are very family oriented people. And they love customers to feel so at home. Their open-concept and affordable range of food attracts families, students and especially tourists and expatriates who love to hang out for some chow down.
Their newly opened restaurant of 3 months old serves an array of pizzas, sandwiches, tortillas and beverages. First impression is that it’s furnishing is very minimalist and premise is very clean.
While I was there, I felt like the bustling of customers never ceased to end. They keep on coming. I reckon, it must have been their pizzas which are being baked only upon ordering. And you can watch the staff made your pizza from dough…in front of your eyes, “LIVE”.
It seems like its an all MALE kitchen. I watched how Mohammed do the dough and then lovingly placed the ingredients intricately like a painter “choreographing” his paintings with the array of delicate colours. I was mesmerized.
I have not travelled to Syria but from what I gather they are meat lovers. No wonder, I felt like family (I am the meat lover girl, remember?!)
They wanted to incorporate the European version of pizza with their Syrian influence. Syrian are known for their bread making skills. And so by incorporating the flavours of Italian and Syrian into this restaurant, one can wonder how yummy the food may be.
They have different variety of pizzas from the typical oven baked, flat round bread…to pie pizza. I bet whatever fillings and ingredients that you have in mind, you can even incorporated them while dining there!
I remembered when I was in my teens, I worked at a pizza parlour. I had fun inventing my own version of pizza. You have no idea what I put in it. I was experimenting with all kinds of flavours: sweet, savoury and even sourish crazy mix.
And in Italy, I cried when I left …cos I’ve never tasted any other delicious pizza elsewhere. If I could, I would have packed my bag with loads of Italian izza for a year of supply. *lol
I did “smuggled” out some to my mom in Rotterdam, and the pizzas were cold and few days old and yet they tasted so heavenly.
Even if I have travelled far and wide. Italy still hold the soft spot for me in terms of pizza and gelato. No one can beat them.. I’m their No.1 fan!
Anyway, the food came hot and piping… fresh from the oven. It looked so good.
My take on their pizza is 2.97 out of 5. The ones they baked for us, the crust is too thick for my liking. Their fillings are ok. I bet its gonna be a hit for the youth. Cos they have very strong flavours. But I’m not that impressed. I prefer more mild relaxed authentic flavours.
I know I should not compare the Italian pizza with the ones here. But seriously, ever since I left Italy, my tongue has been tweaked to its perfection. Thousand apologies, my friends.
The sandwiches, which I called the cheesy subs are quite fascinating. I like the Magnom out of the 4 flavours presented to us. Magnom consist of grilled chicken and salami.
The prices are about RM$5-RM$15 (in medium or large sizes). Beverages are mostly canned drinks which cost about $1-2.
I love the place. It’s quite airy and clean. It can also be a great venue for your awesome events. Do contact the management early if you are interested.
It’s definitely a great place to hang out with your loved ones. And the staff are very friendly.
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