My mum is often my dining partner in my restaurant review blog posts, but I’ve never really told you much about her. She’s quite a private person and doesn’t like her photo splashed across social media or for me to give lots of background information about her. I’ll say just that she is a wonderfully kind and generous person with a minor obsession with playing bridge and with drinking coffee! She’s the only other foodie in my close family and so I love going out for meals with her. I even renamed her Susan SilverSpoon, or Susie Spoon for short 😉
On the momentous occasion of her birthday, a mother / daughter lunch was in order and after checking out menus I booked London House. However, on the day we were thwarted by transport strikes and a last minute change saw us at Rivea in the Bulgari Hotel.
The Bulgari hotel is as sleek and stylish as it’s namesake brand, and I loved the long metal bar located on the ground floor of the hotel. From here we descended into the rather cavernous depths of the hotel’s main restaurant.
The only problem was that because the room was so big, fairly empty and accented with blues and metals, it did feel a little bit cold. It was a shame as the design really was gorgeous and super chic. The menu is made up of small plates with dishes from the Riviera, with a focus on simple food with high quality ingredients.
Susie Spoon chose a vegetable caponata as her first dish. It was a very simple dish but one both of us love, Rivea’s offering was perfect for her but I found it a little under seasoned.
A warm dish of octopus with pesto was my favourite of the day. The potatoes were beautifully cooked, and the octopus had the perfect texture, not too chewy.
My mum is a bit of a soup connoisseur and a warm bowlful will always be her first choice on a menu. She’s rather particular though, and she can’t eat it if it’s too salty but the chestnut veloute with ricotta ravioli was absolutely perfect for her as it was rich and creamy with the finest handmade pasta.
Mother Spoon’s beautifully succulent chicken breast was served with a hearty side of comforting macaroni cheese.
And of course this wouldn’t be lunch with my mum if it didn’t end with a coffee!
My mum and I really enjoyed Rivea, it’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for light, healthy dishes with a Mediterranean flavour.
Rivea at the Bulgari Hotel
0207 151 1025