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Riverside Indonesian Restaurant

03 February 2008

Note: This restaurant has closed.

It's been a long time since me and Daphne had came here, more than a year already actually, so when Weijie and WanHua suggested this for dinner we were immediately agreeable. There's no pork or lard here, but there isn't much chance of this place going halal because they serve liquor to cater to the drinking preferences of the tourists.

There's many different "combo" sets for order, but we decided to go for the "super value menu 6 course meal" for the reason that we could add vegetables and tahu telor to the usual bbq combinations. For more info on the menu, do check out their website.

Sambal Stingray in Hotplate: 7.5/10

I found this quite good actually, the chilli had the correct amount of spicy in it, and the fish was fresh. To be honest, I prefer chomping down on the crispy cartilege heh. Thing is, we all agreed there seemed to be something particularly missing, some x-factor, which we then placed on the hawker sort of wok char-grill taste that is more identifiable with hawker stalls. This is still good to me.

Charcoal Grilled Cuttlefish: 7/10

This was ordinary, nothing to scream about, but the dark sweet sauce went well with the chewy cuttlefish.

Charcoal Grilled Chicken: 8.5/10

Same sauce as the cuttlefish, but the chicken was fresh and tender, and you could tell it was grilled well. The closest competitor I thought of while enjoying this chicken would be the Indonesian barbecue stall at the Plaza Singapura foodcourt. I wouldn't be surprised if it's like a branch of this restaurant.

Kangkong Belacan: 8.5/10

One of Singapore's favourite vegetable dish, the kangkong was well cooked with the equally well done chilli. Daphne particularly enjoyed this, and kept asking me to help her with seconds.

Satay Chicken/Mutton: 6/10

Ordinary, probably even a bit too tough and cold. Since you could choose the alternative in the bbq otah, I recommend that you go for the latter instead.

Tahu Telor: 6.5/10

Personally I prefer the one at Tambuah Mas because there you could taste the egg batter better and it's a good mix of crispy outside, soft inside. This one was quite soft on all ends, and even had a sourish aftertaste, which was identified by Daphne as assam. Probably this was added to the dark sauce, and I felt it would have been better without it.

Brisk, but still attentive. This place was packed (and always is) at dinner time and there was quite a number of staff on hand to watch the tables.

Excellent value for money. The one we had cost $10 per person, but there's a weekend (Friday included) surcharge of $2. Then the 17% additional, and you would be somewhere $14. This is awesome considering how full you would be at the end of the meal, and the food is great too.

30 Merchant Road, Riverside Point, #01-04
Opposite Clarke Quay

Additional Comments
1. Free flow of rice haha.
2. Please remember to make a reservation because this place is very very popular and almost impossible to walk-in on many occasions.

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