RIVA Beach Club
Simon Apr 29, 2012 01:43 am
Being a resident of the Shoreline Apartments I decided to finally check out RIVA Beach Club with two friends, as I have often passed but had never ventured inside.
We went in the evening when all of the fairy lights and outdoor heaters were alight, which we thought would add to the ambiance of an Al fresco meal.
However we were immediately disappointed by the Hostess' attitude towards us as we approached. We were looked at like some something she had found on the bottom of her shoe and when we asked for a table (which there were plenty of incidentally) the young lady looked put out by the effort and annoyed at us for daring to ask such a question.
We overlooked this as all three of us are ex-restaurant employees and can understand that maybe this girl was having an extraordinarily bad day. However a smile is free and surely would not tax this girl's efforts any more than she was employing to frown at passers-by.
The menu was what you would expect from a typical beach bar and the options all looked very tasty.
We ordered a:
Pizza with additional toppings
Feta and Beetroot Salad
We enjoyed the first three items very much but the feta and beetroot salad was a little more than a few leaves tossed in a bowl with a 2-3 cubes of feta cheese and some shavings of beetroot. The club sandwich came with more greens than the salad.
The time taken for a waiter to take our drinks and subsequent food orders was a little extreme considering the place was on the quiet side (15% full at a guess).
Therefore I would ordinarily recommend Riva Beach Club to friends for the surroundings alone but as the service had been so bad I will not be bringing guests to visit and instead will take them to the Madinat which is even more pretty at night.
Leyla Feb 05, 2012 11:56 am
ambience beautiful would say even romantic at night. bar is really really lovely. ordered shrimp coctail and calamari not really impressed with the food but coktails were decent nothing special but not bad at all. staff is attending and nice. will be back for sundowners and relaxing romantic evenings