My parents (from Scotland, UK) came to Dubai for a holiday for the first time in February of this year, and one of the first places I booked for them was the Rivington Grill at Souk Al Bahar. In my opinion – for British guests arriving in Dubai – you can’t beat it. The location provides prime views of the fountains and the Burj Khalifa, while the food is some of the best of British. Given the fact I lived in the UK for 25 years (minus a year in New York and a year in Dubai) – and I like my food…I always look forward to a trip to the Rivington.
In my opinion, the roast at the Rivington (available only on a Saturday – our now version of a Sunday) is the best I’ve ever had (apologies to my mum & gran). While the Rivington claims it serves the “Best of British”; the Jumeriah Group’s other British restaurant – ‘The Ivy’ – (based on its counterpart in London) advertises itself as “The Best British Restaurant in Dubai”. Yes – it serves up some excellent British cuisine, but how can you beat the fountain views at the Rivington? For many British expats who have, like myself, partaken in a trip to the fountains more than once – it may get old. However, I still appreciate the novelty of sitting next to the tallest dancing fountains in the world, and there’s always a show I haven’t yet seen.
When discussing this with my colleagues – they mention that the wine pairing brunch at The Ivy is in itself “something special” and an “experience”. Therefore, some sided with The Ivy. Overall – thank you to the Jumeirah Group for serving up some excellent British food for us expats here in Dubai. Nods must be given to The Scene at Pier 7 (also serves up a great Saturday/Sunday roast), and Reform at The Lakes.
Where am I missing – what do you think…?