November 1, 2014 frvtravel

Riva is undoubtedly one of the capital city’s most revered restaurants. After a recent renovation, it is ready for a more contemporary crowd. The place looks cool and fresh, and we had the pleasure of visiting it recently.

The bar and lounge area are first to greet you as you walk inside, which is the perfect place to meet and mingle over cocktails and finger foods. A large selection of wine is also at the ready for oenophiles to peruse and enjoy a glass or two.

Walk past the cozy private room, and you’ll see a the open kitchen where all the action takes place. There’s a wood fire oven at the ready, too. Pizza, anyone?

The al fresco terrace tempts one outside at Riva. Shaded by the trees and overlooking the swimming pool, this is the perfect spot for a well-earned break from your busy daily schedule.
The extensive menu offers something for everyone, covering all corners of the globe. We started with some Small Plates that were definitely big in taste. The Moroccan Lamb 737-2X9 Surveiller (95k), served with fresh tomato garlic and basil sauce was a great choice, as was the Riva Spring Roll (65k); filled with chicken prawn and foie gras, and complemented with a tasty blue cheese dip. For a Mediterranean taste, try the Deep Fried Garlic Prawns (115k). Or the Classic French Onion Soup (75k); it’ll make you all warm and fuzzy inside.

As for the main course, the Duck Magret (145k) was scrumptious; roasted duck breast with hearty mushroom and parsley risotto. Staying with the duck theme, the kitchen brought us a daily special; the Riva Gourmet Pizza (95k), topped with roast duck and hoisin sauce. The wood fire oven cooked the pizza perfectly, and the Asian-inspired duck went together nicely in this Italian style!

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At Riva, you shouldn’t pass getting some things from the grill. The premium Sher Wagyu beef, a 400+ days grain fed full blood Wagyu with level 4 or 5 marbling, is wonderful. Our order of 200g Sher Wagyu Sirloin (470k) was so delicious; grilled perfectly to lock in the juice and tenderness. And the Wood Oven French Cut Veal Rack (350k) is also one to consider. Whatever kind of steak you’re having at Riva, it’s worth every penny!

Don’t pass on the wonderful drinks either. The Riva Classic Mojito (120k) is always a sure bet, but we suggest to try the Riva Cocktail Ice Tea (120k); a wonderful concoction of tea, vodka, cinnamon, honey, and ginger beer! Mocktails like the Sangria Ice Tea (50k) is just as nice.

Make room for delightful desserts, because the Mango Pannacotta (75k) and Chocolate Flourless Cake (75k) are not to be missed.

Still a consistent option for quality fare, the revitalized Riva will surely win the hearts of many more patrons. Highly recommended.
(Budi Iskandar)


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