Saturday, February 22, 2020

Zorba The Greek Taverna @ River Valley Road - Presents A Classic Hellenic Dining Experience By The Singapore River


Zorba The Greek Taverna located along the waterfront of Singapore River in Clarke Quay is a modern Greek eatery. The restaurant offers scenic river views from its tranquil location, and a classic Hellenic dining experience with a slew of authentic dishes from appetisers, pristine seafood, meats and desserts. Rooted in Greek heritage and culture, Zorba uses only the freshest of traditional ingredients sourced directly from Greek suppliers. Its interiors are primarily inspired by the charming architecture of the Santorini island, decorated in white and blue hues, which made you feel like as if you're dining in Greece. Perfect for those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Dips Platter 4/5

We started off the meal with their Dips Platter ($28) which consists of a huge platter selection of dips including 5 homemade dips - the Tzatziki Salad dip, Taramosalata dip, Hummus dip, Tirokafteri dip, and Paprika dip. Served with soft and fluffy pita bread, perfect for pairing with the different flavorous sauces.

Chef Salad 3.8/5

The Chef Salad ($20) was a refreshing vegetarian dish filled with avocado, cucumber, orange, lettuce, quinoa, red onion, sliced almonds, sundried tomatoes pressed into a patty shape, and dressed in a fragrant balsamic lemon dressing.

Lamb Kleftiko 4.5/5

Zorba's take on the oldest Greek speciality - the Lamb Kleftiko ($36) is perfect for meat lovers. The traditional dish comprises of the finest New Zealand lamb, marinated in Mediterranean herbs, vegetables, garlic and lemon juice for many hours and slow-roasted till fork-tender. The succulent lamb chunks just fell off the bones readily. Complete with a side of crispy oven-roasted potatoes.

Garides Saganaki 3.5/5

The Garides Saganaki ($28) showcases a homegrown Greek shrimp recipe which is prepared in two-handled heavy-bottomed frying pan called 'Saganaki'. It features pan-fried jumbo prawns sauteed in olive oil, deglazed with ouzo and spicy tomato, garlic, shallots, and feta cheese. We felt the tomato sauce base lacked the spiciness and robustness in it, but the addition of feta cheese was a brilliant touch and adds a satisfying creamy texture to the sweet tomato sauce.

Greek Baklava 3.8/5

End the meal on a sweet note with the Greek Baklava ($12) - the dessert is stacked with layers of crispy, flaky pastry made of layers of filo and filled with crunchy nuts, held together with honey syrup. If you're a fan of nuts, you'd definitely love this dish.

Secret Garden 4.2/5, Popcorn Colada 4/5

Round up the night with some drinks from their bar, Yin which was located just right opposite the restaurant. For something lighter and sweeter, go for the Secret Garden ($21). We loved the concoction of floral gin with elderflower liqueur, chrysanthemum tea, honeycomb syrup, and lemon juice, topped with egg white foam. As for the Popcorn Colada ($21), it boasts a unique combination of popcorn syrup with bourbon, salted caramel sauce, pina colada mix and pineapple juice.

Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Zorba The Greek Taverna
The Riverhouse
3A River Valley Road
Singapore 179020
Tel: +65 85581704
Nearest MRT: Fort Canning (DT Line), Clarke Quay (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 6pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Fort Canning MRT Station. Take Exit A. Turn right and down River Valley Road. Turn right onto Tan Tye Place. Walk to the end of the road. Turn left onto Clark Quay. Walk to destination. Journey time bout 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Clarke Quay MRT station. Take Exit C or G. Walk to the riverfront. Turn left and walk down the river. Cross the bridge. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes.  [Map]

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