eM by the River Review

One should never expect culinary delights from a place which also doubles as a bar. This expectation is not dashed by eM by the River, a small café-bar located where the Liquid Room use to be. This venture, by the same people who brought you Tivoli, is a good place to chill with friends. The décor is graced with natural woods and earth tones and there are sofas aplenty. The service was polite and efficient although a little rushed (the bill arrived before we asked for it)—no real surprise as there were only a few tables occupied when we went on a Sat evening. The menu is not particularly extensive and because it really only exists to complement the drinks, does not excite. The signature dish is crispy chicken morsels which seemed like just fried batter with some chicken dotted around and the special eM (read: Chili) sauce. Other selections from the menu proved to be more promising. The chicken teriyaki kebab was competently done while the roast beef baguette with potato and green salad proved to be the highlight of the meal with generous portions of beef in a baguette toasted just right. For dessert the homemade tiramisu was nothing special but worthwhile considering. Don’t look for great culinary delights here, but for some cheap fare and a relaxed ambiance, this is adequate.