Kensington Mums was delighted to be invited for a exquisite dinner at the Bulgari Hotel in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge.
Inspired by the many years Alain Ducasse spent visiting the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, their unique restaurant Rivea London offers French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting. The hotel has won various and well acclaimed awards, so we were eager to try out the menu. My Mother was in town so it was the perfect occasion for a bit of mother and daughter bonding.
Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2013, one of the ‘Best New Hotels’ and Best New Spas in The Word’
Travel & Leisure World’s Greatest Hotels 2013 Conde Nast Traveller Reader Awards, Best UK Hotel Spa 2013
Tatler Spa Awards, Best British Spa 2014 European Hotel Design Awards
Architecture of the Year Award in the New Build Hotel category Ultratravel, Top 5 Best New Hotels in the World 2014
Conde Nast Traveller Reader Awards, Best UK Hotel Spa 2015
The location was just perfect,only a few steps away from the buzzing streets of High Street Kensington overlooking Hyde Park. Knightsbridge is always a good excuse for some retail therapy.
As we were escorted to our table, we passed by the Il Bar which has been conceived to become the heart of the hotel’s social scene. The elegant yet laid-back dining room has been designed by noted Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.
We were told by our waitress that the executive Chef Alexandre Nicolas has spent more than 10 years under the tutelage of Alain Ducasse in London and Paris, sharing his passion for the Riviera’s fresh and healthy cuisine. Alexandre’s menu expresses the flavours of the Mediterranean palate with a focus on vegetables, the diversity of their flavours and textures.
For appetizers, this cute dipping of various dips which were accompanied by short breads ( loved the small card and attention to detail which came with a short description of each dip -not pictured).
We to choose our dinner from the menu and were told that the dishes were small and made for sharing. For starters we had their signature Rivea salad wrapped in a soccer (image below). This was beyond delicious, the dressing used was very tasty and all the ingredients used were fresh. Needless to say this was indulged in seconds.
We then put our hands on the stone bass carpaccio and pine nuts (image below). I am a big fan of carpaccio and it satisfied my taste buds perfectly. The pine nuts added that extra touch to it.
My mother had a delicate chestnut velouté, roasted butternut. This comes like a soup as she wanted something to keep her warm.
Another starter dish we shared was the seasonal vegetables cooked in a cocotte, black truffle (above). All the dishes were shared amongst us, but there was more to come.
My Mother and I enjoying our tete a tete time together ( much needed). They say we look alike, can you see the resemblance?
For main, we shared again various dishes including artichoke risotto and mature Parmesan cheese, as well as Artisanal paccheri, chestnut, sautéed wild mushrooms.
From their signature dishes we had the Rivea Plates, Scallops, Jerusalem artichoke, pancetta and hazelnut, as well as stone bass, raw and cooked chicory, daube sauce. As for desserts, my favourite dishes of all. We had blood orange sorbet, with vanilla jelly and a gorgeous Tiramisù.
River London at the Bulgari Hotel is definitely a restaurant I would come back to, the service was excellent and the staff always had an attention to detail for our comfort and needs. The food, was just sublime. For your next date night or special occasion or just for dinner, why not head there for a good night out in London.