Dinner at Ria – modern Malaysian food with great ambience

I’ve been to Ria one other time with burger boy before but hadn’t rated it as I thought it was a bit pricey for Malaysian food and we really only had a couple of dishes to judge the food by. But our most recent experience at Ria was a good one. With 6 of us we were able to order a good variety of dishes and we enjoyed the company & ambience.

In addition to great company, this foodie experience was unlike any others as I had burger boy’s mates The Doc & Angry Fig enthusiastically volunteering foodie commentary :)


We ordered every starter on the menu except for one! We all loved the pork ribs and grilled squid but weren’t fans of the grilled chicken and satay beef skewers.

Ria Pork Rib Nibbles

The pork rib nibbles were very tasty and my favourite starter, the pork was so tender, just fell off the bone. This dish would be an awesome main as I could have had more!

Grilled Squid Skewers

We were recommended by my sister-in-law to try the squid and it didn’t disappoint – squid was cooked perfectly and it was very flavoursome. It is in my top 3 Ria dishes!

Grilled Chicken Breast Skewers

I wasn’t a fan of the chicken breast skewers, there was no flavour. And for $16.50 I could probably make a 1.5kg of these at home…

Traditional Satay Beef

I didn’t like the satay beef skewers either, the beef was chewy. I think it may have been the cut of beef they used. Satay sauce was ok but it wasn’t enough to compensate for the beef.


We all ordered a main each…

Chinese Shredded Beef

I chose the Chinese Shredded Beef because I love anything caramelised. I was very happy with my selection, the sauce was sweet and the beef was tender. By far my favourite main.

Mum’s Loh Ak (Braised Caramelised Duck)

I don’t eat duck but burger boy thought it was nothing flash and didn’t enjoy eating off the bone.


The roti was yum but there were talk that these were bought from Prime Products rather than made at Ria. True or not I’m not sure but they do taste similar.

We even had a healthy debate on how Roti was pronounced…”rot-tee” vs “row-tee”!

burger boy and I have always pronounced roti as “rot-tee” but my Ria foodie contributors The Doc and Angry Fig and their wives pronounce it as “row-tee”.

We asked the waitress who was from Czech Republic how to pronounce it but she didn’t really help with her Czech accent.

I’ve even asked my bro Ex-Fatty and his gf & food blogger Little Miss Bacon and they think it should be “rot-tee” like us…so the debate continues! I’m still not sure what’s correct so if you do I’d be keen to know.

Who would have thought there’d be so much to say about Roti!

Lemongrass Fish & Prawns Curry and Chicken Curry

Everyone enjoyed the curries, it was great for dipping the roti and the flavours were great.

Fried Chicken

This was ok, tasted the way fried chicken should. Wasn’t too oily.


I thought the fish tasted ok but nothing spectacular.

The Angry Fig thought it was too mushy but The Doc really enjoyed this dish.


There was a good selection of drinks, us girls shared a bottle of champagne and the boys had a few beers.

It costed about $50 per person which we were happy to pay as it was a great dining experience and there were some nice dishes.

Ria is the perfect dining option if you’re going out with a group of friends for a night out, and want to have a few drinks/dinner in a happening part of Leederville. But if you want real authentic Malaysian food and are not too fussed about the ambience then this probably isn’t for you as you really are paying for the atmosphere/experience at Ria.

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 


  6 comments for “Dinner at Ria – modern Malaysian food with great ambience

  1. Debbi
    June 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Definitely rot-tee, that’s how we malaysians pronounce it :)

    • June 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Debbi :) very happy to have our debate settled once and for all!

  2. June 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Good choice with the pork rib nibbles. Isn’t it funny when you want more of the entree than the mains at times?!

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Yea I reckon! Hmm some voting system should be put in place for an entree to be elevated to a main! Love pork ribs…have had it in so many different ways but not like this before :)

  3. June 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Craving a curry & roti now!

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

      Very awesome – glad to have created a craving :) burger boy and I love roti – big thanks to whoever cooked/created the first ever Roti!

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