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3 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Zorba
Photograph: ZorbaOctopus
Photograph: ZorbaBeef souvlaki
Photograph: Zorba

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A tiny slice of Santorini in the buzzy Clarke Quay neighbourhood

Everything about Zorba is designed to transport you to the coastal Santorini islands. First, there’s the location of the space, nestled along the Singapore River, which brings to mind the same waterfront views and soothing breeze. There’s also the azure blue-white decor that draws reference to the Mediterranean Sea. 

Settle in and peruse the menu rooted in traditional Hellenic cuisine. Hot tip: refrain from ordering the platter of dips ($28) – they make their appearance in the mains anyway.

The highly recommended octopus ($30) – slow-grilled and served atop luscious fava-bean spread – would have been perfect if it hadn’t spent too long on the grill, developing unpleasant blackened bits of bitterness. Thankfully, beef striploin souvlaki ($28) fares much better under the same heat. Three skewers, glistening with oil and juice, come with slashes of char to prove its smoky flavour. An accompanying side of tzatziki provides much-needed brightness to whatever it touches: the tender meat, pita bread, and crispy potato. 

But at some point in your meal, the strong, bold flavours might prove too much. Cut through all the grease with a cold Mythos ($12), the nation’s famous lager, or grab some Greek yoghurt – imported from Greece, of course – sweetened with honey and topped with walnuts ($8) for a light end to a heavy meal. 

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Address: #01-02, The Riverhouse
3A River Valley Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight
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