En­chant­ing Riva

Maxx-M - - FOOD REVIEW - Text by Ti­motius | Pho­tos cour­tesy of The Park Lane, Jakarta

One of the best things about the cen­trally lo­cated Park Lane Ho­tel in Jakarta is their se­cret weapon – Riva Grill Bar & Ter­race. This gor­geous restau­rant lets you es­cape the bother of Jakarta for a mo­ment and hide away in this culi­nary par­adise. Riva Grill Bar & Ter­race is lo­cated on the first floor of the Park Lane. It con­sists of a lounge, bar, din­ing room and out­door din­ing space. Riva Grill Bar & Ter­race ac­tu­ally has two out­door ar­eas, one of them fac­ing the street out­side, Jalan Casablanca, and the other be­side the ho­tel’s swim­ming pool. If you are look­ing for a bit of calm and seren­ity, ask for a seat near the pool. 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’s not re­ally open but din­ers can fol­low all the ac­tion through the large win­dows). 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. After a lit­tle tour of the restau­rant, I was seated near the swim­ming pool and handed a menu, which I im­me­di­ately pored 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 LowOven 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!

The Park Lane, Jakarta

Jl. Casablanca, Kav.18 Jakarta - In­done­sia Phone. +62 21 828 2000 www.ri­va­grillnbar.com

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