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(Closed) Vintry at Royal Selangor

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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.

Sun - Thu: 12:00 - 01:00

Fri - Sat: 12:00 - 02:00

Eve of PH: 12:00 - 02:00

+65 63382808
$32 based on 12 submissions
Lunch (6 votes), After Work (5 votes), Dinner (5 votes)
voraciousappetite

Set lunch @ Vintry

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.

For the full review and pictures, visit 
http://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/

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Pasta a la vintry
13 Sep 2013 • 25 reviews • 0 follower

Based on this experience, I wouldnt recommend it

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.
 
 For more pictures and the full review visit http://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/    
Roast Beef
10 Sep 2013 • 25 reviews • 0 follower

Set lunch @ Vintry

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.

For the full review and pictures, visit 
http://voraciousappetite.wordpress.com/
12 Aug 2013 • 13 reviews • 1 follower

Good Food. Good Price. Bad Service

Been to Vintry a few times but this is the first I am writing review of this place.

Vintry serves decent food. Value for Money set lunches at $15 with full portion GOOD food. It's full portion and it's very good. We had the creamy fish fillets and the mushroom aglio olio pasta. In fact it's a 5-course lunch at $15.
With Soup, Salad, Main course, Ice cream and a drink. Most importantly, it is wonderful.

I went there for dinner a month back. Good parched salmon main course with really nice wines there. Vintry also sells wines from enomatic machines where one can order a sampling small portion to try the wines before committing to a full pouring portion of wine.

Service is however not good during lunch time. Although restaurant is not fully occupied, the staffs were unhappy when we stepped into the restaurant. First, they spoiled the first impression by telling us that we are full and closed for set lunches. I had to stress that we walked here during lunch just because you are on the Clarke Quay's set lunch restaurant list and the staff relented impolitely saying that there will be a 45 minutes wait then. This is very not right for an F&B establishment and not the way to treat returning customers too. Yes I can see that you are short staffed, but if you are on the set lunch restaurant list, you have to deliver.

I hope the next lunch experience will be a better one at Vintry. Food is good for me to give them another chance.

Thanks.
12 Aug 2013 • 13 reviews • 1 follower

Good Food. Good Price. Bad Service.

Been to Vintry a few times but this is the first I am writing review of this place.

Vintry serves decent food. Value for Money set lunches at $15 with full portion GOOD food. It's full portion and it's very good. We had the creamy fish fillets and the mushroom aglio olio pasta. In fact it's a 5-course lunch at $15.
With Soup, Salad, Main course, Ice cream and a drink. Most importantly, it is wonderful.

I went there for dinner a month back. Good parched salmon main course with really nice wines there. Vintry also sells wines from enomatic machines where one can order a sampling small portion to try the wines before committing to a full pouring portion of wine.

Service is however not good during lunch time. Although restaurant is not fully occupied, the staffs were unhappy when we stepped into the restaurant. First, they spoiled the first impression by telling us that we are full and closed for set lunches. I had to stress that we walked here during lunch just because you are on the Clarke Quay's set lunch restaurant list and the staff relented impolitely saying that there will be a 45 minutes wait then. This is very not right for an F&B establishment and not the way to treat returning customers too. Yes I can see that you are short staffed, but if you are on the set lunch restaurant list, you have to deliver.

I hope the next lunch experience will be a better one at Vintry. Food is good for me to give them another chance.

Thanks.
18 Oct 2012 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

The $15 Set Lunch Promo is its saving grace

See the pictures at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.comMany would naturally associate Royal Selangor with their fabulous pewter wares, so it's truly surprising to discover that they've recently set up a wine cellar cum restaurant, Vintry at Royal Selangor, adjacent to their school of hard knocks showroom at Clarke Quay. The menu's decidedly fusion, simple straightforward western cuisine with an Asian twist. The food is generally pedestrian but generous in portion size, especially in view of the attractive pricing of the set lunch. Notwithstanding the generous portions, if not for the $15 set lunch promotion, I don't think I'd dine here. The food's decent but not outstanding. The focus is clearly on the wine, which they have a lot of, and the food menu's merely present to soak up with alcohol with. To be fair, it is afterall, first a wine bar, then a food joint. Apparently, the $15 weekday set lunch promo does work, Vintry was almost a full-house on a sweltering weekday afternoon! As a result, service was very slow and harried. The wait staff and kitchen were, unfortunately, unable to cope with the size of the lunch crowd. The dining area is designed like an actual wine cellar, with lots of decorative oak barrels and wood paneling. A decidedly haphazard layout provides lots of nooks and crannies for that little bit of privacy for diners. But, what strikes you is their wine serving system, meant to keep wine bottles that have been opened for sale by the glass fresh, running the entire length of the dining area. That, and the clear glass partition looking into the school of hard knocks workshop, where you get a first-hand view of tourists and school tours pewtersmithing. Vintry Set Lunch is a 5-course affair ($15), including coffee or tea at the end, making this one of the cheapest lunch deals in town. For starters, you get fresh crisp Salad greens drizzled in a tangy vinigrette and sesame seeds.And a small bowl of the Soup-of-the-Day, which was a robust Minestrone that day. This was choc-a-bloc with diced vegetables, in a clear tomato-based broth.You get 6 choices for the mains here, Vintry Caramelized Roasted Pork Rice was a modern take of the typical "shao rou fan". A sweetish marinade was brushed on the fatty pork belly, making for a smoky charred flavour and a sticky texture. This was decent but would have been better with some gravy to balance out the drier elements of this dish.The Tangy Baked Dory Fish in a lemon caper sauce would have fared better on its own, or have the rich gravy served on the side. The thick creamy lemon caper sauce overwhelmed the delicate mildness of the fillet.For dessert, you can opt between the classic vanilla and a scoop of Coconut with Gula Melaka Ice-Cream, which was our unanimous choice. The gula melaka lent a smoky sweetness to the milky coconut ice-cream.