After a foodie event at Bloomie’s Kitchen, Zoe (of Table No 7 fame) and I were stuck. We were hungry. We wanted to go somewhere new and preferably one with a good lunch deal… Through the power of the internet, we could not find such a nearby place. (Side note: for some industrious person, you might want to look into listing a good round up of weekday meal deals in Dubai). So, we wandered over to Souq Al Bahar and found ourselves at Rivington Grill.
Reservation? None needed… On this lonely Wednesday, we were the only guests in attendance. For peak times (during the evening fountain show), I would assume a booking is absolutely necessary.
Ambiance? I don’t want to say the words ‘tourist trap’ but I’m not sure what other descriptions to use. Having taken numerous friends and family to Souq Al Bahar for a combo dinner and fountain show (see, Mango Tree), I think the restaurants here serve up what people are looking for, that is, great seats to a fun attraction in the backdrop of the stunning Burj Khalifa, all while (weather permitting) dining al fresco. With the Opera coming along later this year, I anticipate these seats will still remain a top commodity. Other than the wall quote (below), the restaurant is inoffensively generic. Should you be looking for more than white table cloths and napkins, I think more thought is put into the properties around the Souq (or, just wait until 5PM and head to Left Bank).
Service? Pleasant. Both servers were able to check with the kitchen regarding any specific questions related to the menu and returned with knowledgable answers. Certainly there are other locations where the service staff has more personality, but for late Wednesday afternoon, my expectations were not super high.
Food? Like the theme you might be sensing thus far, both the starter and main were…nice. Decent presentation and plating. Tasty, but not particularly memorable dishes. The set lunch menu also offered a selection of desserts and vegetarian options (something I always find thoughtful).
Cost? At AED100 per person for two courses, this is a relatively good deal for the area (especially if I consider I would easily spend that amount at Sushi Art inside the mall, which is essentially fancy takeaway). I can’t say that I would specifically return, but if you had visiting friends and wanted to show them a nice view, this isn’t a bad option. Had we thrown in a bottle of white wine, it would be a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Any suggestions where we should have spent this Wednesday lunch?