Riverboat represents a promise fulfilled: Its Malaysian founder Louis once vowed to his Thai wife Prinyanut that they would someday run their own restaurant that specialises in the cuisine of her homeland. Now scarcely half a year old, Riverboat has swiftly earned a reputation in Taman Desa & beyond for honest cooking that strives to do justice to Prinyanut’s heritage.

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Several Crowd Favourites

This is one of those eateries where it’s hard to go wrong with whatever you order, but there are several crowd favourites – the BBQ pork neck (RM14.90) is deservedly among them, juicy & flavoursome, the sort of snack that demands to be munched merrily & polished off the plate. You’ll also find irreproachable interpretations of cherished classics like the tangy, fresh-tasting ‘som tum’ papaya salad (RM9.90) & savoury, fragrant ‘krapow moo’ fried minced pork with basil leaves (RM14.90).

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Boat Noodles

Contrary to some beliefs, boat noodles are far from played out in KL – you can still chance upon enjoyable takes on the recipe; Riverboat’s rendition is relatively more nuanced than the norm, with delicate subtleties brimming in each beautifully painted bowl. The portion is reasonable value – RM2 for pork, RM2.50 for beef, with a choice of braised or fresh sliced meat for both.

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Louis & Prinayut consider this their signature offering: A whole tilapia that’s salt-crusted & carefully char-grilled to order for half an hour – its flesh, completely moist & lightly accented with undercurrents of lemongrass & kaffir lime leaves, is consumed in a cabbage-lettuce wrap with vermicelli & a trio of sauces that contribute fiery spark & piquant zest. RM38 for a serving to share.

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Brave the Heat

If you’re ready to brave further heat, Riverboat’s range of tom yum goong should hit the spot – the one with seafood comes with plenty of prawns, fish, squid & clams in a nicely balanced broth that remains true to Riverboat’s forte of fashioning flavours that sing, not shout (RM22.90 for small). Prefer a creamier, richer concoction? Ask for the ‘kaeng som’ (RM24.90), a gently sweet-sour tamarind curry with prawns & omelette slices that had us compulsively slurping up each steaming-hot spoonful.

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It helps to have a mango & sticky rice dessert & Thai tea to round out a spicy lunch. Many thanks to Riverboat for having us here.

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Location and Contact Details

Riverboat

23 Plaza Danau Desa 2, Jalan 3/109F, Off Jalan Klang Lama

Tel: +6011-2629-2779

Open 11am-10pm, closed alternate Wednesdays

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