Riva a splendid beach club with good atmosphere

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Riva a splendid beach club with good atmosphere

Lunching at the beach club, is there a more ‘Dubai’ concept?

By David Light (david@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 12:47 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:53 AM

LATE MORNING ON a Friday or Saturday – the bleary eyed surface and the thought of brunch is just too overwhelming. There’s nothing in the fridge and anywhere decent is a bit too formal for flip-flops and that souvenir t-shirt. So, where do you go? The mall: too sterile, a conglomeration of franchises and little to no outdoor seating; the local English or Irish-themed tavern: a bit rowdy when you’re feeling fragile and you run the risk of catching the beginning of the day’s blaring Premier League onslaught; your friend’s house: they were out with you the night before.

Admittedly a concept that typifies the extravagance of this city, the number of beach clubs dotted along the coast also reflects the splendid weather we enjoy throughout the year. Hence, while the sun shines, make hay and make use of them. A club serves as a happy medium – a lovely spot in the sun, surrounded by water, often dishing up a comprehensive menu in a relaxed, unpretentious environment.

Nowhere epitomises this concept quite like RIVA Restaurant, Bar and Beach on the Palm Jumeirah. Taking charge of Building 7, The Shoreline’s pool, terrace area and stretch of seaside, RIVA provides a splendid atmosphere to while away a lazy afternoon and prepare for the evening.

The establishment’s restaurant possesses all the ingredients one would expect. A fine, yet simple décor, a straightforward carte and impressive sea views.

The food, whilst not elaborate, is well presented and hearty - exactly what you desire to nurse a headache and provide sustenance whilst taking frequent dips to cool off.

For example, staples such as club sandwiches, burgers and pizzas make a welcome appearance alongside premium lamb cutlets, veal and ribeye steak.

To begin, fried calamari and a baked aubergine Parmigiana set the tone. The aubergine was cheesy enough to immediately assuage those lunchtime hunger pangs only experienced when forgoing breakfast. The calamari was also decent despite the batter being a tad too crunchy (just a personal preference).

Mains included grilled tiger prawns and beef tenderloin accompanied by spinach, home cut fries and fried courgettes. Every aspect of the meal was on par. The courgettes were especially tasty and the prawns, a delight.

It is perhaps the service at RIVA that deserves a special mention. Friendly, chatty and ever-attentive, the staff know how to take care of their guests and it shows.

A chocolate and hazelnut fondant was almost unmanageable towards the end, yet supplied the cherry on the cake… as it were.

All in all a highly satisfactory experience was had.

For reservations call: 04 430 9466.

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Price for 2

Starters…. Dhs90

Mains…. Dhs285

Dessert…Dhs40

Total…Dhs415


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