Mon - Thu: 12:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 02:00
Eve of PH: 12:00 - 02:00
Sun: 12:00 - 01:00
This 3,000 sq ft wine bar and restaurant shares the same premises as the spacious Royal Selangor retail showroom at Clarke Quay. Vintry boasts an impressive wine list of more than 1000 wines that can be paired with the restaurant's menu that's inspired by Asian and Western cuisine.
Vintry has 3 outlets in KL and it's more well known there than in Singapore. They opened their Singapore outlet in Nov last year and have been introducing us to a new way of dining. If you think that Vintry (Vine like) is only for wines, you're right and wrong, correct because they have a great selection of wines, and wrong because they also have great and unique food.
Ambience: It's like stepping into an Italian Trattoria (cafe) reddish walls, dark brown chairs and table, counter top smacks of the mediterranean. There are seating areas at the bar, group tables, counter tops, table and chairs outside. The smokers can stay outside, leaving us non-smokers to the airconditioned inside. As we were there on Thurs, there was a jazz band jamming it up in the center of Clarke Quay. Comfortable, quiet corners for you to take cover.
Let me start with the beverages first. They have a huge selection of wines, so they would qualify as a wine bar but what is unique is that they have the Enomatic machine which is a bank of argon filled bottles, self dispensing wine rack that allows you to select tasters portion (25ml), 75ml (quiet drinker) or 150ml (get drunk portion). For $2, you can taste a Beringer (see photo) or a good Barolo for $6.70 for tasters portion. They have 4 banks of these bottles so it's a good chance to taste a wide variety of wines at a good price wihtout getting drunk. We tasted an Reisling and an Argentinian wine (great value at $52 for the bottle). I also managed to get to taste a Barolo but the Argentine wine stood up the more expensive Barolo. Every 1st Thurs is one for one houspour but with $2 to start you off, who needs Happy hour?? I saw an Illy coffee sign hanging around but did not drink coffee then.
Food: To match your wide selection of wines, you have an even more exotic choice of food. For starters, there is their signature Mother-inspired Cantonese style "siew yoke" roast pork. moist and soft with a cripy skin, excellen match for the reds and whites. Other starters include the caramalised pork (sweet n spicy siew yoke). We also had the nasi lemak maki, which is nasi lemak with the filling in the center wrapped like a Jap maki with the chilli sauce on the side (see photo) unique way to eat nasi lemak without getting your fingers dirty. We had the 'acar' infused salad with romaine lettuce and pork bits.
Mains: We shared a KL black mee (black, but could use the original 'tai lok' noodles instead of our Spore flat hokkien noodles), Tom Yam spaghetti, BBQ ribs, beef rib, cajune ribs (all tasty), white cod in Chinese herb infused soup. I enjoyed the pork and beef ribs, salad white chicken breast, and the cod. They were tasty and had an Asian influence that it tough to find in pure Western food joints.
Dessert: I'm amazed that the same young Spore chef is so versatile that he can prepare all starters, mains, and desserts. We had the banana fritter in crusty shell served with vanilla ice cream, and the very special 'pulut itam' black glutinous rice in a glass cup served as a panacotta. The desserts were memorable so save some place in your stomach for them.
We were told that they have a lunch offer for $12 with mains and a drink, so we're making it a date to eat for less.
Value: Since it's in Clarke Quey be prepared to pay Clarke Quay prices for the food, drinks are more bar prices rather than posh restaurant prices.
Service: We must have changed plates 5 times during dinner as we were sharing food. Prompt service, clearing, polite and attentive at all times.
I would, however, recommend that one heads there for their much more value for money and delicious set lunches.
I had a couple of appetizers of Caramelized Roast Pork ($14) and Cajun Calamari ($14). The roast pork was excellent, being sweet yet savoury and coming with a kick-a** chilli sauce, while the calamari was unimpressive with batter that was falling off and pretty ordinary in taste (read: you can fry it yourself at home).
On hindsight, it probably wasn’t wise to order the Pasta a la Vintry ($20) after the appetizer of caramelized roast pork. The pasta was done Aglio Olio style and topped with mushrooms and caramelized roast pork as well, making it an overkill of the sweet protein and which I got tired of after a few mouthfuls. It was indeed too much of a good thing. The pasta was also a little over al dente and I thought that the idea of a fusion pasta just didn’t really work, at least not in this case. The heavy taste of the pork overpowered any taste of the spaghetti and it felt like the dish would have gone better if they used Chinese noodles instead.
The other main that we tried was the Mussels & Crabmeat Pesto Olio ($28). While there was a generous serving of crabmeat hidden throughout the carbs, my dining companion expressed that the pasta tasted “average” and left half the portion untouched. For $28, I believe that better pastas could be had elsewhere.
In all, the pastas at Vintry just do not make the cut and one would be better off sticking to their mains such as the English Roast Beef or signature appetizers like the Roast Pork.
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Vintry dishes out fusion food which includes appetizers, pastas, pizzas and other mains like Salmon and Steak. The food is mainly Western but with a strong Asian influence and signatures include their Pasta a la Vintry (Pasta with Caramelized Roast Pork) and Nasi Lemak Maki. During lunch, Vintry also serves up a4-course set lunch at a mere $15 nett (a steal!) that includes a soup, salad, main and dessert.
The meal starts off with a seemingly simple Asian Garden Salad which was surprisingly unpalatable to most of my party. The sauce appears to be a thick balsamic vinaigrette that is bitingly sour and completely numbs the tongue. I recommend skipping this dish as it may masks the taste of the following courses. The only unpleasant dish of the day.
The Tomato Soup was a welcome change from the first course and we drank liberally to get rid of the taste from the salad dressing. Soup was thick without being clumpy and had a good balance between acidity and sweetness.
My personal favourite of the mains would be the Caramelized Roast Pork with Rice which comes with Achar on the side and a killer homemade Chilli Sauce. The pork has a great meat to fat ratio and is wok-fried in soy sauce & caramelized with sugar, giving it a sweet yet savoury, addictive kick. The pork goes well with the rice and chilli sauce which helps cut through the sweetness to prevent it from getting too jelat.
The English Roast Beef with Sauteed Onions, Mash and Peas was also excellent, with special mention going to the gravy and creamy mash. The mash was velvety and easy on the palate while the gravy was incredibly appetizing and gelled everything together. The beef itself was great though some slices (near the ends, I supposed) were a little tough from being overcooked.
The highlight of my meal was no doubt the dessert of Coconut Ice Cream with Gula Melaka Sauce. The ice-cream was superbly refreshing and the sweetness of the Gula Melaka was well-complemented by the lightness of the coconut. An incredibly simple yet awesome dessert and a fitting ending to the meal.
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