20 August 2014

Rivea London at Bulgari Hotel

Bulgari Hotel & Residencies, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW

£70.00 French , Italian South Kensington
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  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £90.00
  • Lunch: £32 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £55/70 (5/6 courses) private dining room only
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm

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Transferring the Riviera’s sunshine cuisine into an über-glitzy Knightsbridge basement is a big ask, but this spin-off from global superstar Alain Ducasse’s restaurant of the same name in St Tropez absolutely nails it. The sparkling, diamante-studded room with its red pillars and mirrored walls may lack a certain charm, but the buzzy vibe, Converse-clad waiters and Provençal small-plates menu mean that this isn’t your everyday hotel eatery. Ducasse protégé Damien Leroux works sheer magic with his ingredients, and we have been blown away by the intensity of flavour in simple dishes ranging from artichoke and borage ravioli to delicate lobster gelée with gamberoni (a “rich, refined experience”) – although others have found little in the way of finesse (bland gnocchi, octopus salad overloaded with potato, etc). Portions aren’t large and bills can add up, but it’s reckoned to be well worth the money.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 12th August 2014

    Sam Stewart Etc :: Rivea London

    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 push us at all to rush downstairs to dinner...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 29th July 2014

    The Food Judge :: Rivea. Not riveting

    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 most beautiful evenings of the year. Reservation fail. But I did get to sashay down the grand curved staircase, with its glittery draped curtain, into a dining room which hadn’t quite got going at 7 pm...
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  3. 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 atmosphere. The Chef at Rivea London is Damien Leroux, Alain Ducasse's protege who he has been training up for over 10 years in Provence and Monaco...
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  4. Published : Thursday, 29th May 2014

    The List :: Rivea

    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 everything Fay Maschler said about it, so you might as well read that first - Fay Maschler's Evening Standard review...
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Essential Details for Rivea London at Bulgari Hotel

  • Address: Bulgari Hotel & Residencies, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
  • Telephone: 020 7151 1025
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm
  • Restaurant Facilities: Accommodation available
  • Cuisine: French , Italian
  • Area: South Kensington
  • Price: £70.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £90.00
  • Lunch: £32 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £55/70 (5/6 courses) private dining room only

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  •  Set a la carte lunch: £35

    • Menu includes 2 starters, 1 main and 1 dessert coffee, tea and ½ bottle of water.

      Max: 6 people

      Starts: 13 Jun 2014

      Expires: 13 Sep 2014

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