Situated in the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge, Rivea is the London outpost of an Alain Ducasse place in San Tropez.  Despite the hotel sometimes jokingly being referred to as the Vulgari I found the décor of the basement dining room to be fairly tasteful.  The food, as you may expect, is Provencal style cuisine and it is served in a small plates (potential big bills) format.  We visited at lunch time and there is a good value lunch deal available: 2 starters, 1 larger plate, dessert, 1/2 bottle of water + tea or coffee for £35 per people.  What makes this particularly good is that you choose your dishes from the full dinner menu, not a restricted one, albeit a few of the dishes require a supplement to be paid.

These are some of the dishes I tried (dinner prices):

Marinated sea bream, citrus £8


Gamberoni, delicate lobster “gelée” (lunch + £2) £11


Sea bass, violon courgette and flowers £16


Corn-fed chicken breast, macaroni au gratin £12


Baked John Dory Riviera style £14


Lemon shortbread, Limoncello sorbet £6

The food here was very good, featuring well-cooked, good quality ingredients; even the chicken dish was full of flavour.  I would definitely come back although at dinner the bill is likely to ramp up quickly, especially if one gets involved in the wine list- during our lunch I sampled a £11 tiny glass of rose which was nice but I am pretty sure you could get a bottle of it for that price in a shop in France.

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