Food and drink
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.
Tables to book
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.
- Business travellers
- Special occasions