Saturday, July 2, 2011

Casa del Rio, Melaka

I'm so excited about this unexpected find in Melaka!! Casa del Rio is a newly opened boutique hotel just a stone's throw away from Malacca's heritage center. Two days ago my dad, his business partner and myself had the opportunity to have lunch at The River Grill Restaurant. Read on to find out why I'm so excited about this find!

The day was warm but there was a nice breeze out so we decided to sit out on the veranda overlooking the Melaka river. We saw boats filled with excited school children shouting and waving at us, pass by. The River Grill definitely has a nice relax vibe just ideal for our lunch.

As we are quite small eaters we had ordered two sets of their lunch special which was a choice of starter and a main course or one main course and one dessert for RM 48. As these two men do not eat desserts we settle for two starters and two main dishes :( to share amongst the three of us.

Complimentary Bread - Beautifully soft and spongy. This went really well with the olive oil and vinegar provided.

For our first starter we had Crispy Potato w/ Smoke Salmon and Sour Cream. I've not had a good smoke salmon dish here in Melaka so this was like a breath of fresh air. The combination with baked potato skin and fresh red onions was an added bonus. Just delicious!   

For the second starter we had ordered Chicken Kerabu which is a local salad. This was very fresh as I could taste all the components to this dish. This would also make a nice palette cleanser

Main dish - Nasi Goreng Kampung which, translated means Village Fried Rice or local style fried rice was not too bad. It had the feel of nasi goreng kampung but it's hard to beat the real deal that can be easily found along the many road side stalls in Melaka.

My favourite dish at Casa del Rio! Beef Sirloin, Spinach and Cod Ravioli w/ Sundried Tomato, Potato and Thyme Juice.The presentation received a big tick when the dish arrived. The sirloin was cut in two and layered with a grilled mushroom in between and topped with a deep fried spinach and cod ravioli. Everything on this plate was yum! I was further impressed by the fact that we ordered the steak cooked medium and it was really cooked to medium. Just looking at this pic is making my mouth water.

We had such a beautiful lunch. I will definitely be back!

Casa del Rio
88, Jalan Kota Laksamana,
75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Reservation: +606 289 6888
Fax: +606 289 6999

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Two fit and fun gals said...

the egg on the nasi goreng looks so cute!

atiejohari said...

Hello daphne.i am interested in having lunch at dat place about d price? Is it rm48 per person for d lunch dat u had? So,the total on dat day is 96 isn't it?

Daphne said...

Hi two fit and fun gals - I totally agree! hehe It looks perfectly round with the yolk right in the middle!

Hi atiejohari - Yes 2 course for RM 48 and 3 course for RM 58. However I was back recently and they do not have the steak on their set lunch menu anymore. If I'm not mistaken the menu now changes daily depending on the chef. Let me know how you go at Casa del Rio.

Anonymous said...

hai daphne. Im zalina, i want to ask bout the food there, also the ambiance along the river side. must be fantastic view right. heheee can u recommend me food to try for my parents anniversary, planning to make a surprise for them there.its hard to find ppl's review in the net bout this place la. thanx in advance! :D

Daphne said...

Hi Zalina - So sweet that you're organising a surprise anniversary makan session for your parents. I can't really comment on the other dishes as i've only tried the ones I've posted on the blog. But they definitely have a fantastic view of the Melaka river. It's even more beautiful at night with the lights and the boats passing through from the Melaka River cruise. Best of luck in your planning and I wish your parents a beautiful anniversary celebration.