Returning to Ria after some time we found the food as good as always – they are among the more authentic of the Malay style dining rooms in Perth, and are perpetually busy with people lined up at the door to grab our table as we left.
They have a small but well put together wine list with a good range of both regions and varieties – we drank a very good Cabernet Merlot from Margaret River’s Hayshed Hill – lots of juicy berry fruit on the palate, soft and easy drinking.
As to the food, well we have been before of course and know that the servings are pretty generous so we decided on just three mains between the three of us at the table, with rice of course – and that more than met our needs.
Tamarind seafood, a favourite of ours, is a mix of prawns, fish and squid cooked in a mildly spiced sauce – the seafood was tender, juicy while retaining a little firmness to the bite; the sauce was well seasoned, and the tamarind provided a pleasant slightly sour note while chilli gave a little zip – it was creamy, velvety and with our rice to soak it up, kicked off an enjoyable meal.
Next came Chicken Kapitan – a classic of Malay cooking – the chook was tender and succulent, the sauce aromatic and full of the classic flavours – coconut, ginger, lemongrass, chilli and ground nuts – a splendid example.
Finally, Nyonya Achard fish – fried fish fillets served in a turmeric and ginger sauce – the sauce hit all the markers but the fish was a tad overcooked which was unusual for Ria and a little disappointing. Still the flavours were all there, a little less time in the pan would have improved things a lot.
Ria remains one of the better restaurants around Leederville, and the food is of high quality, notwithstanding the small glitch with our fish – they aim to deliver good food in a happy atmosphere – and they do. Well worth a visit.