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Transferring the French Riviera’s sunshine cuisine to a Knightsbridge basement is a big ask, but über-chef Alain Ducasse seems to have pulled it off at Rivea. This art deco-inspired basement room with its red pillars, blue-patterned carpets and mirrored walls might lack the charm of the namesake Saint-Tropez original, but buzzy vibes and Converse-clad waiters help to lift the spirits. Sharpen your palate with an Aperol Spritz, before picking from a line-up of Provençal-style small plates. Chef Damien Leroux works magic with top ingredients – witness buﬀalo mozzarella with courgette and basil, “refined” lobster gelée and gamberoni with seafood foam, and an intensely flavoured plate of artichoke and borage ravioli. However, reports of underwhelming food with “little of Ducasse’s signature finesse” suggest that consistency is an issue. Portions aren’t large and bills can add up, but Rivea is, on the whole, well worth the money.
I have been wanting to try Rivea London at the Bulgari hotel for a while and since it is not too hard to get a booking, it was a good option for dinner when we had to change plans with just one day of notice. I had read/heard mixed things. My boss had been there for breakfast and hated the room but was willing to give it a second shot as he had heard the food was good.We met our friends Seema (she is launching her styling business soon and super talented) and Kush first for a drink upstairs at the bar. The manager was absolutely lovely and very thoughtful and made sure we were happy with our drinks and didn’t...
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Half-term is always a good opportunity for me to jump in on one of my Dad's lunch reservations, and Alain Ducasse's Rivea was his next appointment. We were recently in the area for Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental, but went the opposite direction out of Knightsbridge tube this time to the Bulgari Hotel.The walk to Rivea takes you past an enticing patisserie selection in the lounge and a rather stylish bar, before you make a grand entrance down the vast spiral staircase.It's a glamorous dining room, and the food was delightful throughout, though I found myself agreeing with pretty much...
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They didn’t play The Girl from Ipanema, but they might as well have done. Hotel muzak is alive and well. Bulgari (or, according to my autocorrect, Vulgari – it knows) is that wildly expensive jewellery brand, owned by LVMH which now gives its name to an hotel. Expanding the branding.There are lots of sparkly bits in the decor, maybe as a sort of spangly homage to its origins. It’s the sister restaurant to the Rivea at the Hotel Byblos in St Tropez. I think the other Rivea might have a better view. Or even a view.I was entirely delighted to have chosen a windowless basement room for dinner, on one of the...
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When I first heard that Alain Ducasse was opening a Rivea in London, at the Bulgari Hotel, I was rather excited to say the least. Then when Henry invited me to review it with him for the Belgravia Residents Journal, I may have squealed a little. I'll actually be writing the review for the BRJ, so I'll post the link on Twitter when it's out next month! Rivea in St Tropez has been open for just over a year, and is famous for it's combination of Italian and French food. Rivea in London is no different, with the purpose being to share small plates of Mediterranean cuisine with your companions in an informal...
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Rivea London was launched in May 2014 by internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse at Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London. Inspired by the many years Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, Rivea serves French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting. The menu of small plates incorporates the classic flavours and vivid colours of the Riviera. After just 9 months since opening, Rivea was proud to announce that it had been awarded a coveted three Rosettes by the highly respected 2015 AA Guide.Commenting on the opening, Ducasse said: ‘I am delighted to bring Rivea...
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Well, where do we start with this one…the Bulgari Hotel looks like the hangout for the likes of Russian billionaires or footballers who haven’t quite realised that money doesn’t buy class yet, you can’t miss the bling of mirrors, dark crystal and smoked glass. Don’t let this intimidate you; if you like eating then get yourself here tomorrow.Rivea at the Bulgari is a fairly new restaurant (we visited it in the opening month first then again in January) that aims to be fine dining as it comes under the Alain Ducasse’s portfolio. This is headed up by Damien Leroux, who has worked under Alain for around ten...
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The Bulgari hotel is as sleek and stylish as it's namesake brand, and I loved the long metal bar located on the ground floor of the hotel. From here we descended into the rather cavernous depths of the hotel's main restaurant.The restaurant was beautifully designed and the curved lines and blue carpet gave it a rather nautical feel. The only problem was that because the room was so big, fairly empty and accented with blues and metals, it did feel a little bit cold. It was a shame as the design really was gorgeous and super chic. The menu is made up of small plates with dishes from the Riviera,...
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A basement dining room may not sound like the likely place to conjure up the sunny, chic South of France, but the chef with a constellation of stars (as the French like to say) has managed to do exactly that at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge. Alain Ducasse has brought the flavours of the French and Italian Riviera to his latest London restaurant; Rivea. The chef also has a starred restaurant of the same name in St. Tropez, although you get the feeling that he isn’t trying to achieve the same thing. The food here is typically Ducasse, but in a more accessible style. Everything is about the produce being the best...
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