Riva Grill Bar & Terrace lets you escape the bother of Jakarta for a moment and hide away in this culinary paradise.
The first time I entered Riva, I was astonished by their collection of wines in the front room. Some of the wines were set up on a table, along with glasses. It is eye-catching and mouth-watering. Riva has opted for a semi-open kitchen It is always a pleasure watching the pros in action, as meal goes from pot and pan to plate and then to table, all under your watchful eye. It is a real pleasure.
I sat near the swimming pool and handed a menu, which I immediately pore over. Riva’s menu is divided into: From the Sea, From the Farm, From the Garden, and From the Grill & Wood Oven.
I started with the Green Spinach Salad, Thai Green Mango Salad and Javanese Oxtail Consommé. The Green Spinach Salad and Thai Green Mango Salad were From the Garden and the Oxtail Consommé was From the Farm.
The Javanese Oxtail Consommé really captured my attention. The oxtail was served along with minced potatoes and carrots, and the waiter then poured the soup from a glass teapot. I finished the appetizers and almost immediately the main course arrived at the table. I had the Braised Lamb Australian Foreshank, Sautéed Salty Prawns, Pan-Fried Barramundi and Low-Oven Baked Asian Soy Chicken.
My favourite was the Sautéed Salty Prawns. I loved its spicy and salty taste, along with the crispiness of the dish. The Pan-Fried Barramundi was also a hit, the yellow root sauce giving the dish a wonderful flavour. I also managed to save space for dessert, the Chocolate Ginger Mousse with Strawberry Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. It was the perfect ending to a very good meal.
Riva Grill Bar & Terrace is the whole package. You can relax over a delicious meal, away from the hectic pace of the city. And don’t forget that Riva Grill Bar & Terrace has a lounge and bar if you are not quite ready to face the city after your meal. Have an unforgettable dining experience!
Riva Grill Bar & Terrace
The Park Lane Jakarta
Jl. Casablanca, Kav.18
Jakarta – Indonesia
Phone. +62 21 828 2000
Text by Timotius | Photos courtesy of The Park Lane Jakarta