From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011Perched on the waterfront at Souk al Bahar, the restaurant is reminiscent of a London gastropub – think white-washed walls, light woods, and chrome appointments. The result is resoundingly positive and Rivington succeeds in striking a balance between laid-back lunch venue and high-end restaurant. The menu is an extension of the décor and atmosphere, sporting an array of hearty British staples such as chicken and leek pie, fish and chips, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. On our last visit we tucked into the pea and leek soup and the salmon salad for starters. The latter dish was expertly presented: a plump, pink cut of salmon resting serenely on a fresh bed of emerald salad. A rib-eye, a handsome cut of meat that was well cooked, proved a little too fatty.
A chicken and leek pie, meanwhile, consisted of fluffy, expertly prepared pastry encasing generous chunks of chicken, fresh leeks and a rich white sauce. It’d be unfair to say that Rivington Grill is an example of style over substance, but it is true that the food doesn’t quite live up to the environs in which it is served. This said, the food is decent enough and well priced at that. What’s more, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to peruse the Sunday papers over a pint of boutique ale.