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(Closed) Nasi Padang River Valley

Asian
Address: 55 Zion Road

Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 21:00

Closed: Mon

+65 67343383
$8 based on 24 submissions
Lunch (6 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (5 votes), Dinner (3 votes)
chefquak

Nice Nasi Padang Lunch on 23Jan2014

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/01/24/nice-lunch-nasi-padang-river-valley-at-zion-road-on-23jan2014/

i used to eat here more where my children were younger (meaning i was younger & had more capacity for carbo & cholesterol) & also buy back for home gatherings.

the food was more expensive in recent years but still good. i had a few meals at the nasi padang stall at tanjong pagar railway station which was also good and a lot cheaper before it closed (wonder where it moved to?).

my sis had wanted to try this stall again so we came early at 11am+ on 23.1.2014. still empty but they filled up quite quickly. we ordered 6 dishes for 3pax, cost S$25.

the curries were good as usual, but the both chicken & beef stomach curries while fragrant were really much too salty. the assam fish (ikan tenggiri) was excellent, with slight sour kick. the sotong (squid) in tomato sauce was great to. and the 2 vege, lady fingers & egg plants were very good.

it was a really nice meal, slightly much for 3pax lunch, so S$25 i guess was quite ok really. hawker food can be expensive too these days.

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24 Jan 2014 • 224 reviews • 1 follower

Nice Nasi Padang Lunch on 23Jan2014

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2014/01/24/nice-lunch-nasi-padang-river-valley-at-zion-road-on-23jan2014/

i used to eat here more where my children were younger (meaning i was younger & had more capacity for carbo & cholesterol) & also buy back for home gatherings.

the food was more expensive in recent years but still good. i had a few meals at the nasi padang stall at tanjong pagar railway station which was also good and a lot cheaper before it closed (wonder where it moved to?).

my sis had wanted to try this stall again so we came early at 11am+ on 23.1.2014. still empty but they filled up quite quickly. we ordered 6 dishes for 3pax, cost S$25.

the curries were good as usual, but the both chicken & beef stomach curries while fragrant were really much too salty. the assam fish (ikan tenggiri) was excellent, with slight sour kick. the sotong (squid) in tomato sauce was great to. and the 2 vege, lady fingers & egg plants were very good.

it was a really nice meal, slightly much for 3pax lunch, so S$25 i guess was quite ok really. hawker food can be expensive too these days.
08 Dec 2013 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

better than the reviews suggest

freshly cooked not too heavy popular at lunchtime on a Sunday. My wife liked the fried chicken and while I admit the chili sauce is sweet it is is also full of onion and tomato and light and a bit different from the norm.
29 Aug 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

disappointing

The quality of this restaurant has deteriorated over the years. But it hit the low point today when everyone was told there was no Sambal belachan! Personally I was doubly disappointed with my favourite lime juice was no longer available - what's Nasi Padang without limd juice? Then the previously tolerable ambience began to aggravate me. Dirty oily tables, poor selection of drinks in the freezer and cramped seating. For that kind of price, humbler establishments have provided better quality food. The curry chicken was tender but the coconut milk was in discernible, and the Assam fish was hard dry and way past its freshness. One curry chicken leg one tiny piece of Assam fish and two tiny plates of veg for $14:80??? Never again!
15 Jul 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Overrated Nasi Padang

This is the first time I come across Nasi Padang that is very mild and there is also a hint of sweetness....I know they try to adjust the local palate, mainly chinese, but the taste is really overrated...I don't even have to compare to Nasi Padang in my hometown, Jakarta, let alone Bukit Tinggi. Within Singapore itself there are several restaurants clearly better, Sinar Pagi Nasi Padang (Geylang Serai Stall), Hajjah Maimunah, Minang and Sari Ratu...

Beef Rendang: The only positive note on the rendang is the tender meat which is I believe they are using a higher quality beef.....the rendang spice cannot make it....the herb spices not there, sweet and very very mild....

Paru Balado: the paru is not the dry and crunchy one which normally Indonesian will eat, the one at Nasi Padang River Valley is soft and chewy...good texture, but the sambal is the one which ruins the dish...Not spicy enough and again sweet....I can even eat the sambal alone without rice.

Fried Chicken: This is probably the better ones I had here.

Overall, this is purely an overrated, to know that 2 famous food bloggers rate highly about this stall, I would suggest that they truly need to go to Bukit Tinggi to try the real Padang or they call it Nasi Kapau...that is where you will get the true experience of Nasi Padang. or perhaps one can try to go to Jakarta first and try....but mind you on the spice.
18 Apr 2013 • 56 reviews • 0 follower

Somewhat acceptable only in dire nasi padang circumstances

(Note: Pictures can be found here http://wildchildurbancity.blogspot.sg/2013/04/nasi-padang-river-valley.html)

Even though Nasi Padang River Valley (NPRV) is a little tucked away along Zion Road so that passer-bys might not even know it serves nasi padang, many Singaporeans seem to know of it. I do not remember how we got to know of NPRV or when we first started having their nasi padang, but mom has been "da pao-ing" from NPRV occasionally for at least the past 10 years.
 ieatishootipost was told by the 2nd generation owner of NPRV that most of the dishes are from Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, but "have been have all been modified to suit the local tastebuds and in particular, the local Chinese palate", resulting in the food tasting "generally milder and sweeter instead of salty and spicy as it is back home".
 
 If you eat at NPRV, you will find that the dishes are definitely and starkly sweeter compared to Malay and Indonesian nasi padang, and are very, very much milder (to me at least).
NPRV's assam fish curry is usually a dish mom orders for herself because she likes fish. The assam curry is generally not too bad and lends good flavour to the mackeral. Submerged in the curry are slivers of soft, naturally sweet onion that are a joy when found.
The sambal brinjal tastes average and is oily, so you may want to save your calories for something else.
We usually order the chicken curry instead of the chicken korma, because pretty much nothing can beat Rendezvous Restaurant's chicken korma. But the time I ordered NPRV's chicken korma for a change, it was a total lacklustre.

It is a bit funny that the sambal sotong is called sambal sotong, because I cannot taste any sambal in it. The gravy has more of a tomato-tasting base that is quite sweet for nasi padang standards. Yet, I think that this is one of NPRV's best dishes, because of the delicious gravy, and is one of the dishes that calories should be spent on. Whenever we "da pao" the sambal sotong, I reuse the leftover gravy on boiled meat or veggies for flavour. As for the sotong itself, pity that it is usually a little rubbery and overcooked.

Again, the style of NPRV's beef rendang is very different from normal nasi padang beef rendang in that it is obviously more sweet than savoury, and is only the littlelest bit spicy. Despite its usually-tender chunks of beef (but with little tendon unfortunately), I prefer my rendang savoury, bitingly spicy, and.. well, simply Tambuah Mas style.
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