Took my Mum for lunch at VLV Restaurant & Bar, a modern Cantonese restaurant located at The River House at Clarke Quay.
Fronting the Singapore River, this beautifully restored heritage mansion started life in the 19th Century as the residence of a wealthy gambir merchant.
The lower floor of The River House is now converted into a hip entertainment and bar area, with an eclectic retro-chic decor.
The upper dining floor is spacious, elegantly designed and decorated; gently bathed with the sunlight streaming from the sky-well. There are three private dining rooms, the largest one seasting 16 people.
The kitchen is helmed by talented Executive Chef Martin Foo whose career spans Tung Lok Group as the Senior Executive Chef at Tong Le Private Dining, and Lei Garden Restaurant. Under his hand, VLV dishes out modern Cantonese cuisine in artistically-plated sharing portions that doesn’t stray from authenticity.
The Black Garlic Soup with Sea Whelk is both aromatic and flavourful,
The Dim Sum is fresh and innovative; the Chili Crab Bun is cheekily presented as a cup.
The chef was kind enough to whip up off-menu item like the Fried Yuzu Soba with Hokkaido Scallops, a dish worth returning for.
The dessert of cold Orh-nee with Pumpkin and Coconut Ice cream topped with Deep-fried Ginko Nuts is very addictive.
The main entrance of VLV faces the sprouting fountain at Clarke Quay.
Please with our experience, we returned for dinner to celebrate the Dōngzhì or Winter Solstice Festival, which to most Chinese is more important than Lunar New Year, falling on Dec 22 this year. The dinner menu is not fancy, but the stalwart dishes we ordered were well prepared.
The must-order is the Kurobuta Char Siu, perfectly roasted with just the right blend of of fat and sweetness.
innovative items we love are the amuse bouche of Chicken Rice, and the Peking Duck whose the meat is served in cones.
Under the hands of Chef Martin, VLV is well worth more than just a visit, especially with the eclectic digs and the vibrant Clarke Quay riverfront ambience. Highly recommended.
3A River Valley Road #01-02
Phone: +65 6661 0197