It was a little while ago that I visited The Rivington Bar & Grill in Shoreditch, London – I did still want to put out this review as I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere in the restaurant.
We had a private dinner in a secluded corner of the restaurant with a delicious, handpicked menu. I unknowingly picked a seafood themed menu because the seafood sounded truly exceptional, and I wanted something different.
That day in London for me was packed with activities, so it was lovely to sit down in a relaxed atmosphere with a few glasses of wine, some delicious bread and butter and await for our food. The waitress we had at The Rivington was absolutely lovely – attentive yet not pushy or invasive (and with a great sense of humour!). The Rivington serves British food with international twist, which make it exciting and refreshing.
I started with smoked eel and crunchy pancetta salad and it was delicious – light, subtle and full of taste. I have only ever had eel before at Japanese restaurants so it was great to taste it with pancetta and chives – totally different than the taste you get with soy sauce and wasabi paste all over it. We got plenty of time to eat our starter and socialise before the waitress was back.
As a main course I had the hake with mussels which was just YUM – light, buttery and delicious. We also had vegetables and chips for the table, which was great as we got to pick and choose what we wanted to eat with our mains. At no point did I indulge in sauces, or salt or pepper, because the food was seasoned perfectly. And because the tastes were so delicate, I really didn’t want to ruin in with blobs of mayo or ketchup – just dip the chips into the sauce already on the plate!
I also had a dessert, which is unusual for me – I had a chocolate fondant with ice cream and it was heavenly. Melt in the middle and hot, in contrast to the yummy vanilla ice cream… you just can’t go wrong.
I really enjoyed The Rivington and will be returning again soon – will you be trying this place out?