Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Rivington Grill
Dubai isn't the first place you'd expect to find a slice of Shoreditch, but with the Rivington Grill, this is exactly what we've got. The only international outpost of the popular London eatery landed with aplomb just a couple of years back, instantly winning over the city with its excellent British grub, in particular it's fish and chips, the minted mushy peas of which I keep coming back to.
The Rivington specialises in British fare, served well and without the usual bells and whistles that accompany most Dubai international imports. Seared scallops, Barnsley chop, fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding, all the favourites are here, generously portioned and almost always excellent.
The fish and chips has quickly established itself as Dubai's best, as has the sticky toffee pudding (although I'm not sure anywhere else offers it).
It's a popular spot, so evenings are usually bustling but inviting affairs. It's relatively informal, but not really the spot for flip-flops and shorts. While it's a favourite among (mainly British) expats, it also sees many tourists, mainly due to the incredible views of the Dubai Fountain from the balcony tables.
Excellent, friendly and well-informed. Just so long as you have a reservation.
The Rivington is at the back of Souk Al Bahar, the small, Arabian-themed mall and dining centre just a stone's throw from the enormous Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall and the Dubai Fountain. It's a great location.
Not cheap. Scallops will set you back around 70 dirhams, the fish and chips 110 dirhams and the Barnsley lamb chop 120 dirhams. However, children under 12 can eat for free between noon and 6pm. There's a good two-course business lunch available Sunday-Thursday, noon-4pm, for 80 dirhams.
If it's not too hot, the outdoor tables are a must, giving you a great view of the impressive sound and light display of the Dubai Fountain each evening.
More information on Rivington Grill:
- Price guide:
- Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
- 04 423 0903
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open daily noon-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times