Photo: Pind Balluchi Bar and Grill
Hot Stones Steak and Seafood Restaurant
For scorched meats and seafood
Located across the river from Central mall, Hot Stones is all about 'sizzling' aesthetics. Its concept revolves around cooking your fresh meats and seafood on serpentine volcanic stone slabs, sealing in the natural juices in fast, (good) noisy way. We recommend the angus ribeye set ($50) for meat lovers (beef is air-flown directly from the States), while affordable two-course lunch sets ($15) – in which you can pick Australian beef sirloin or salmon and hamachi sashimi for choice of mains – are also available.
Book a table here | 3D River Valley Road, #01-06 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-2am; Sat 6pm-2am; Sun 6-11pm
Octapas Spanish Tapas Bar
For bona fide dishes and delightful drinks
This popular establishment is a regular haunt for nearby office workers, be it for lunch or for post-work drinks in its sheltered or al fresco areas. Octapas' Spanish offerings are authentic and distinct, evident from items such as grilled squid in balsamic vinegar ($16) and beef tenderloin cubes cooked with olive oil and garlic ($17). The drinks menu isn’t too complex either, from the likes of lychee sangria ($15.50) to daiquiri cocktail ($16.50).
Book a table here | Address: 3D River Valley Road, #01-08 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-1am; Fri & Sat noon-2am; Eve of public holidays noon-2am
Pind Balluchi Bar and Grill
For exquisite North-West frontier selections
This fairly new restaurant impresses with Pakistani and Punjabi highlights, with its cooking hallmark comprising slow-grilling techniques and an intense spice marinating process. If you’re new to this cuisine, expect deep flavours and authenticity with the likes of bhatti chicken ($24) and galouti kebab ($28). The former is boneless chicken meat that has been subjected to an overnight marinate consisting of black peppercorns and garam masala, while the latter is lamb pattie that is hand-minced approximately 32 times and then flavoured with 136 spices.
Book a table here | Address: 3B River Valley Road, #01-15 | Opening hours: Tue-Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat & Sun noon-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight
Restaurant Madame Butterfly at Forbidden City
For superior Indochinese cuisine
By utilising the artful presence of Chinese paintings, antiques and calligraphy, this establishment portrays an Old World oriental charm mixed with modern ingenuity. The menu is also full of well-crafted Indochinese options and seems fit for an indulgent emperor. We recommend the crowd favourite Indochine XO beef (tender meat expertly sautéed with XO sauce, $28), as well as crispy prawn rolls in silver thread skin (fresh prawn rolled in crispy Vietnamese silver thread wrap, $16++) that whets your appetite further.
Book a table here | Address: 3A River Valley Road, #01-02 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm; Sat 6.30-11pm
Vintry at Royal Selangor
For great wines and trademark pork ribs
The interior décor of Vintry is a classy makeup of red-bricked walls and overcast wood, dotted with intimate booths and high barrel tables. Renowned for its library-style wine display and an array of 32 wines-by-the glass choices, the kitchen is just as competent. The restaurant’s signature barbecue pork ribs ($28) is a must-try, and there’s also the east Asian duck confit (duck legs slow-cooked in duck fat and then brushed with lemon grass soy, $30) to complement your glass of exquisite Spanish acustic celler brao (150ml, $30).
Book a table here | Address: 3A River Valley Road, #01-01 | Opening hours: Sun-Thu noon-1am; Fri-Sat noon-2am; Eve of PH noon-2am