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“Is this Spanish food in Melaka?”
Review of The River Grill

The River Grill
Ranked #110 of 681 Restaurants in Melaka
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Singapore, Singapore
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120 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Is this Spanish food in Melaka?”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stayed at Casa Del Rio in Melaka for five days when smog from Indonesia engulfed us. So we had to hole up in the hotel most of the time and experience this new five-star hotel in Melaka. The location is very good but the food at the River Grill is out of sync with this very good comfortable hotel. Perhaps because we are Chinese and used to Chinese food!

One morning we chose "sweet corn fritters" or something from the main menu for our main dish and presto, the food came in one big plate. I recognised the omette-like pancake but beside it was a greenish muddy combination which looks like green tomato-juice. But good food must not be wasted and we consumed all of it except the greenish creamy thingy.

The breakfast spread comprise a number of cereals, a number of cheese and at least six bottles of different brands of honey. Then there are different kinds of tropical fruits among which were rambutans which appeared blackish, apparently kept too long. There were mangoes which the `attendant-chef' cut for us. I picked up one to see and it was too soft. For those who have eaten mangoes before, this one is already over-ripe and unpleasant to eat. I will pass it.

The fruit-juice counter consist of four bottles, two containing orange juice and the other two, water-melon juice.

There are some salads, but having eaten the main course, we were not about to eat anything else. We would give it a three-star rating. An international buffet could better serve the needs of travellers who may not be all from Europe!

However, for those, who wants to sit and enjoy the environment, the pot of coffee served on the table, can last a long time!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Edyharto
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bradford, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Mixed view”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We had high tea with jazz on Sunday afternoon. On the whole, the staff were very helpful. When I said I was vegetarian, they went out of their way to produce a special dish for me, which was very good. Where they need to improve is their wine list. It is more of a wish list. Of around 30 white and rose wines they had on their list, only 5 were available - and these the most expensive. They had obviously been in the cellar a long time and were getting too old. The sommelier was also less than helpful and seemed in a very bad mood.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Mary B
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Singapore, Singapore
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111 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Mixed experience”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We have had dinner twice at The River Grill and we experienced all up's and down's.
+ Service is very friendly and helpful
+ We have enjoyed some great Malay dishes
+ The atmosphere when sitting outside is just great
- There is a wine-list with around 30 bottles, but at the end there are maybe slightly more than half really available
- Fish and seafood was during our visits not a good option (tasteless, old)
- You want to enjoy a dinner at the balcony to escape the aircon and then they put an air-con machine at the terrace !!!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Casa del Rio hotel is on the river and has a good location within walking distance of the tourist attractions. The River Grill is a very good restaurant with a good selection of dishes and everything we had was tasty and well prepared except for the vegetable soup which I found a little weak and in need of more flavour. The atmosphere and food were good and the service was sometimes very good and sometimes mediocre. They clearly have some more experienced and some less experienced staff and they appeared to be a little short handed at times as they had a lot of tables the night we visited. Apart from the variability in the service the restaurant is very good on the food and the ambiance and well worth a visit.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank AshleyNicholas
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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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17 reviews
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“Excellent atmosphere”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

we had a superb breakfast at this cafe in casa del rio hotel. the staff are friendly, atmosphere serene and beautiful view of the river. what a pleasant start for the adventurous day of historical malacca visit for us.

Visited January 2013
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1 Thank Noraliza B
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