Rivington Grill is a well-established London-based duo of restaurants that have recently expanded to Dubai, where they also operate from two locations: Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Rivington is famous for its simple, unfussy British cooking. It’s a mixture of simple, top quality ingredients cooked following traditional recipes, with a modern twist. The quality of ingredients and cooking are everything here. Plates are ungarnished, and the dining room is simple, as the food speaks volumes. There is just one thing though – the view. Both Rivington Grill restaurants are situated in prime Dubai locations and enjoy an absolutely sensational view. Sit outside to make the most of it, if you can.
The menu here offers a good amount of choice with plenty of daily specials to choose from, too. The wine menu is short, but offers some excellent selections and is fairly priced, particularly for Dubai, where alcohol is very expensive.
We visited the Souk Al Bahar restaurant on a busy Friday evening, and sat outside. We were warmly welcome and felt really looked after by our lovely Spanish waitress. With a glass of Prosecco in hand a menu to browse, we were served delicious warm bread and butter – both the standard bread and gluten free were excellent.
To start, we went for the steak tartare and the crab. The steak tartare was a stunning blend of minced steak, tomato and Worcestershire sauce and made with superb black Angus beef. The crab was a Devonshire dressed crab, with the white and brown meat served separately, but both had been mixed with homemade toasted brown breadcrumbs and lightly dressed. Both dishes can only be described as perfection.
Moving on to the mains, we went for the whole grilled Dover Sole, served with tomato and caper butter and the milk fed veal chop with smoked bone marrow and caramelised shallots. Both dishes were delicious and faultless – perfectly cooked and filleted fish and tender, richly flavoured veal. What could be better?
To finish, we shared a knickerbocker glory, expecting a rather retro concoction, but out came an enormous sundae glass filled to the brim with divine strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, strawberry slices and the most heavenly strawberry sauce, which just encapsulated the exquisite flavour of strawberries at their best. It could not have been a better end to the meal.
A visit to Rivington Grill is an absolute must. Staff are really friendly and helpful, and the open kitchen gives diners a chance to chat to the lovely chefs, too. I’m dreaming of returning already!